Gunmen kill nine in Peshawar
08 September, 2013
PESHAWAR: Gunmen attacked a mini-bus and two other vehicles near Peshawar late on Friday, killing nine people, police said.
The incident happened in the Mattani area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the gateway to troubled tribal regions where security forces have been battling Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants. "Gunmen in two cars opened fire on a mini-bus, two other vehicles and on people who came out of their houses after hearing the gunfire, killing a total of nine," local police official Abid Khan told AFP.
He said those killed in the firing included six passengers and three local residents, adding the motive and the perpetrators of the attack were not immediately known. Another police official, Iftikharuddin, also confirmed the attack and casualties. According to INP news agency, police rushed to the crime scene before the attackers could flee and engaged them in a gunfight. A search operation to apprehend the culprits was also launched after the incident.