Police suggest attack might be linked to internal dispute, claiming there is no history of militancy in Yar Hussain village.
Unidentified gunmen killed seven members of a family in a pre-dawn attack on Friday in Pakistan’s troubled northwest, where killing on personal vendettas is common, police said.
The dead included two brothers, a sister, her nine-year-old son and three cousins, police said. Five other members of the family were wounded and taken for medical treatment at a local hospital.
“Five of the family members died on the spot and two are in hospital,” said Fazal Mohammad, a local police official in the village of Yar Hussain where the attack took place. The family said they had no enmity but police suspected the incident was the result of an “internal family dispute.”
“We are investigating it but apparently it looks like an incident of internal family dispute,” Mohammad said, adding, “The village has no past history of militancy.”
Police said the assailants were armed with assault rifles and opened fire on the 12 members of the family who were traveling in a coach to see off one of the family at Peshawar airport. “The attackers managed to flee in the dark,” said Mohammad Sajjad Khan, a senior police officer in Swabi district that includes Yar Hussain, adding that police had launched a search operation but no one had been arrested yet.