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MARDAN: A man axed to death three members of his family, including his father, wife and daughter, allegedly due to poverty in Bashkhali village here on Tuesday.

The officials of Chora police station arrested the alleged killer when he was trying to flee from the scene after committing the crime.

According to the police’s preliminary investigations and locals, the accused identified as Rehman Ali was hailing from Waray village ofDir and was residing in Mardan city after migrating from his native district some time ago.

They said that the alleged killer was frequently quarreling with his wife and parents due to unemployment and severe poverty.

However, on the day of the incident, the man axed to death his father, Shazullah, wife Rasiat, 35, and daughter Tamana, 15, while his four children who were in school and a seven-month-old son sleeping at the house at the time of the incident remained safe.

SP operations Mushtaq Khan told this correspondent that they had found a mobile telephone set at the crime scene, adding that they were investigating the case from different angles.

Chora police station lodged FIR against the accused on the complaint of his

brother, Ihsan Ali, and started further investigations.

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2019