A couple was shot dead in Dunai Karora area of Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in what seemed to be an honour killing, police said on Wednesday.

Karora police station SHO Bakht Zahir said that the bullet riddled bodies of a 19-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man were recovered from a cornfield in the area. Police took their bodies to the rural health centre, Karora and had lodged a first information report (FIR), Zahir said.

The police official said that initial investigations suggested that the couple had been killed by the girl's brother and father.

He said that the girl's family claimed that the couple been in a extramarital relationship, for which they were punished.

Locals said the two had been romantically involved since their school-going days. However, the boy's father had refused to give consent to their marriage and the girl had later been wedded to one of her cousins.

Police said that an investigation is underway. The suspects are still at large.

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