Twelve dead in Egypt tribal fighting

2012-06-10 16:05

Cairo - A gunfight during the night between two feuding tribes in Egypt's south has killed 12 people, a police official said on Sunday.

The official said the battle in the southern Aswan province, in which automatic weapons were used, left three wounded. The gunfight erupted as a dispute over land, he said.

Police and soldiers moved in with armoured vehicles to end the fighting, he said.

Family feuds in the impoverished south may go on for months or even years, and often end in government sponsored reconciliations.