A group of six men in Pakistan's Punjab province allegedly cut off the noses of two brothers and subjected them to severe torture over a long-brewing enmity between the two rival groups.
Police said the enmity between the Kharal and the Sukhera clans in a village, some 250 kilometres from Lahore, in Pakpattan district was continuing for the past six years. The two clans have often attacked each other in the area.
On Friday, six men of the Sukhera clan captured the brothers - aged 28 and 16 - of Kheral clan and took them to a deserted place where they cut off their noses with a knife. They also subjected them to severe torture.
The assaulters left the victims on a road and fled.
The injured were admitted to a Lahore hospital where their condition is stated to be critical.
Police have registered a case against six persons, but no arrests have been made so far.
Chief minister Shahbaz Sharif sought a report from the Pakpattan district police officer and ordered the arrest of the culprits at the earliest.