MIRANSHAH: Four persons lost their lives in exchange of firing between two groups over a land dispute in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district on Tuesday.

Local sources said the firing incident happened in Moski village in which four persons have lost their lives and another sustained injuries.

The deceased were identified as Tehseenullah, Samiullah, Samiul Haq and Hilal. The deceased and injured persons were stated to be cousins and belonged to Malik Daud Moski family.

The bodies and the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital and investigation into the incident was launched. There was no report about any arrests after the incident.

Land disputes have claimed several lives in North Waziristan recently. The said dispute was between cousins and they chose to adopt the way of confrontation which resulted into loss of lives. Most disputes on land in North Waziristan are among relatives.

On November 30, four tribal maliks (elders) were shot dead in Mir Ali.

Police said the tribal maliks were targeted when they were travelling in a car at Tehsil Road. The slain tribal elders were identified as Mir Saday Khan, Malik Raza Khan, Malik Abid and Malik Umar Khan, hailing from Alikhel Khaisur.

On November 26, four people were killed when armed men opened fire at their vehicle in Mir Ali.

Media reports quoting police said four employees of National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) were returning from work when unidentified armed men targeted their vehicle, leaving them dead on the spot.

On November 19, a target killer was nabbed by local youth when he along with an accomplice was coming back after killing a boy in Khadri (Sur Kot) area. Local sources said two target killers were coming back after shooting dead a boy when the youth of Khadri village intercepted them and caught hold of one of them, while the other target killer escaped.

On November 05, a target killing incident happened in Mir Ali Bazaar in North Waziristan. Police said a local person, Malik Nafees Haiderkhel was busy in routine shopping in Mir Ali Bazaar when unidentified armed men came on a motorcycle and opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot.