Pakistani police said on Monday that more than 20 separatists were killed in clashes between two groups in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.
The fighting occurred between two rival groups; the Balochistan Liberation Army and the United Baloch Army in Kohlu district, which lies some 300 km east from the province’s capital city of Quetta.
Frontier Constabulary spokesperson Khan Waseh told Anadolu Agency that he saw rockets and heavy weapons used.
The rival brothers Harbayar and Zawran Marri, the leaders of the two separatist groups, fell into quarrel after their father Ghous Bux Marri, the head of the powerful Marri tribe, died last year.
The separatists in the mineral-rich Balochistan have been fighting for decades and operate armed attacks claiming the province was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan at the end of British colonial rule in 1947.