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25 People Killed in Clash Between Rival Religious Factions in Pakistan


Pakistani officials say at least 25 people have been killed in clashes between factions of two rival religious leaders in the country's northwest.

Officials say the gunfight started Monday and ended early Tuesday in the Khyber region bordering Afghanistan.

The clash began when factions loyal to a Pakistani cleric set fire to a house belonging to an Afghan cleric's supporters, and fatally shot at least 18 people.

There have been several clashes between pro-Taleban militants and security forces in the tribal-dominated North West Frontier province.

In the nearby provincial capital, Peshawar, the U.S. Consulate was temporarily closed because of what was called a specific, credible threat.

Also in the province Tuesday, police said they detained three suspected militants carrying explosives and bomb-making material.

Authorities say the militants were traveling from South Waziristan and were stopped outside Dera Ismail Khan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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