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Asfandyar Wali Khan, head of the Awami National Party, talks to media representatives. — Photo by AP/File

MARDAN/KHAR, Oct 17: Three Awami National Party workers were gunned down here in Par Hoti area on Wednesday night.

Locals said unidentified people opened fire on Omar, his brother Farman and two associates, including Bilal Khattak, near their hujra at 9:30pm. They said the firing killed Omar, Farman and one of Omar’s associates on the spot and critically injured Mr Khattak. Locals said the bodies and the injured were taken to SHQ Hospital in Mardan from where Mr Khattak was referred to Peshawar due to critical condition. Reason for the attack has yet to be known.

Omar’s father, the district information secretary of ANP, was killed two years ago in an attack on Mohib Road in Par Hoti area. In Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency, a girl suffered injures in rocket attack from across the border on Wednesday.

Rahim Khan, a local, said militants fired 12 rockets on Mina, Sapary and Bandagi villages close to Pak-Afghan border. He said two rockets hit a house injuring a 14-year-old girl, while the others landed away form the residential area.

The girl, Hisha Bibi, was taken to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar, where her condition was stated to be critical. The local administration confirmed the incident. An official said the administration had begun investigation.

Meanwhile, elders of Mamond tribe have expressed concern over the rocket attack, warning that tribesmen will have to retaliate if cross-border attacks continue.—Dawn Report

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