NORTH WAZIRISTAN: Two persons, including a member of the Christian community, were killed in what the police claimed targeted attacks here on Sunday.

The first attack took place near the Mirali Road, where unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on 39-year-old Ashfaq Maseh, killing him on the spot. The assailants escaped after the attack.

The body was shifted to the Mirali Hospital.

The police said that the second attack also took place in the same area as unidentified motorcyclists shot dead one Jalil Banosi.

The police said that the body was shifted to a hospital, from where it was later transported to Bannu district, the hometown of the deceased. The police launched an investigation into both the cases.

Local officials said that Ashfaq Maseh’s wife was a constable and they were living in Tochi Scouts Street in Miramshah. They said that Mr Banosi was a motor mechanic.

The Christian community members later gathered outside the Miramshah Press Club along with the body to protest his murder.

A local journalist and two others were killed and another sustained injuries in different attacks in the district during the week.

The police said journalist Kamran Khan was killed in Tapi area when some masked men opened fire at him outside his house. Fayaz Khan, a local resident, was killed in Haiderkhel area of the district.

The police also said that another local, Imtiaz, was targeted after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at him.

Published in Dawn, May 27th, 2024

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