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Man Kills 10 In Dowry Dispute

by AFP
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

Police say suspect was already wanted for killing his own parents and two brothers last year.

A man in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province gunned down his former fiancée and nine of her relatives on Sunday, police said, six months after murdering his own parents and two brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.

The 25-year-old suspect, whom police named as Mir Ahmad Shah, was on the run after carrying out the pre-dawn attack with an AK-47 assault rifle in the Charsadda district. “He stormed the house and killed all 10 family members while they were asleep,” said district police chief Shafiullah Khan, adding two children and four women were among the dead.

Khan said Shah was already a fugitive wanted for the murder of his parents and two elder brothers last year. His family had refused to accept a demand by the father of his then- fiancée for a residential plot as a dowry settlement.

Gulzar Khan, another police official, said that after murdering members of his own direct family, Shah became enraged at his prospective in-laws for making the demand. Shah was also the second cousin of his former fiancée, said Abdul Rashid, another senior police officer.

Police said they had launched an extensive search, raiding three of his suspected hideouts and tightening security at entry points to the neighboring tribal region where he may try to seek shelter.

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