A prominent local politician and 10 other people were killed Monday night by gunmen in northwestern Pakistan, police said on Tuesday citing a 50-year-old family vendetta.
At least five people opened fire
" on the vehicle carrying politician Atif Munsif Khan, head of a district council in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and ten other people, including bodyguards and a police escort, said Omar Tufail, district police chief, told AFP.
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The vehicle caught fire as a result of the shooting and all the passengers were burned
," he added, adding that the attack took place in the town of Havelian, 33 km north of Islamabad.
The family of Atif Munsif Khan filed a complaint with the police "
attributing the assassination to their rivals
", added the policeman.
Family hatred that “
said to date back almost five decades
” has already claimed the lives of Atif Munsif Khan’s father and grandfather.
Dozens of people
” have already been killed because of this family dispute, he added.
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Intra-family settlings are common in Pakistan, but in the mountainous northwest region, where communities adhere to traditional tribal codes of honor, they can be particularly long and violent.
A senior local police official, Sajid Tanoli, ruled out the involvement of militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban, which have long thrived in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Atif Munsif Khan was a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The two men are not related.