MINGORA/PESHAWAR, Nov 24: Unidentified armed men shot dead a prayer leader in Fatehpur area of Khwazakhela tehsil in Swat district on the night between Friday and Saturday.

Local sources said that the victim, Maulvi Ahmad Hussain, was going home from the mosque after Isha prayers when the gunmen ambushed him. He was killed on the spot.

The relatives of the deceased said that his family had no enmity with anyone in the area. The Khwazakhela police station registered a case against unidentified persons.

Also, six persons were injured when two cars collided in Rahimabad locality of Mingora on Saturday. The injured were shifted to Saidu Sharif Hospital.

In Peshawar, suspected militants attacked a police van in Mathra on the outskirts of provincial metropolis and injured a policeman on Saturday evening.

An official of Mathra police station said the law enforcers were patrolling the area when armed men opened indiscriminate firing on them near Akakhel Bus Stop on Warsak Road.“Inspector Khushdil Khan sustained bullet wounds and the van was damaged in the attack. The rest of the policemen remained unhurt,” the official said.

He said that a search operation against the accused was launched in the area but so far no one was arrested.

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