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Marriage dispute claims six lives in Mardan

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MARDAN, July 2: Six members of a family, including an infant, were killed and three others injured over a matrimonial dispute in Afzalabad area here on Monday.

According to police, Sajjad, an official of FC, had contracted a second marriage six months ago that annoyed the family members of his first wife. Both of his wives often quarreled with each other, they added.

Police said that on Monday noon, the father, brothers and other relatives of Sajjad’s first wife entered his house and opened indiscriminate firing on the inmates.

As a result, Sajjad’s father Rasool Gul, mother Miharmand, second wife Ayesha, brother Abdullah, 10-year-old sister Khadija and 26-day-old niece Gulalai were killed while Sadia, Imtiaza and another infant Hasiba were injured. Sajjad was on duty when the accused stormed his house.

The officials of Jabbar police station registered FIR on the complaint of Mehar Bacha, a cousin of Sajjad, against Zafeerud Din, his sons Javed, Zulfiqar and Liaqat and relatives Yaqoob Khan, Abid, Qasim, Muzamil, Atiqullah and Ismail.

Police also claimed to have arrested one of the accused, Javed. Efforts were underway to arrest the remaining accused, who managed to escape after the incident, they said.

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