Pro-govt elder, son killed in NW Pakistan

June 13, 2014 - 8:01:54 am

KHAR: Gunmen shot dead a pro-government tribal elder and his son in a restive Pakistani region near the Afghan border, officials said yesterday.

The incident took place in the area of Kitkoot, 32 kilometres northwest of Khar, the capital of Bajaur tribal region.

“Up to five gunmen entered a mosque after evening prayers on Wednesday and opened fire on the local pro-government tribal elder Malik Juma Gul and his son, killing them both on the spot,” senior local administration official Abdul Haseeb Khan said. No group claimed responsibility, but Taliban militants have carried out such attacks in the past.

The incident came hours after gunmen ambushed a car of local pro-government fighters in Kooza Bandi village in the northwestern Swat Valley, and killed three people.                                 AFP