Source: China State Council Information Office
Some unknown assailants opened fire at a passenger van in Hangu district of Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, killing six people and injuring five others, a rescue officer said.
The van carrying 14 people of a same family was on its way to neighboring Orakzai district from Hangu when it was targeted by members of a rival group with whom the passengers had some personal enmity, Irfan Bangash, person in-charge of the rescue team of Edhi Foundation in Hangu told Xinhua.
“Law and order situation is quite under control in Hangu and normally personal enmities are settled by police, or out of court within the families by tribal elders. However, in some rare cases the outcome of the rivalry results in mass killing of the enemy families, like what happened in the Saturday’s event,” he added.
The bodies including those of a woman and a kid and the injured people have been shifted to a hospital in Hangu, from where three critically injured victims will be shifted to a hospital in provincial capital of Peshawar by Edhi ambulances.
Police cordoned off the area and kicked off a search operation to nab the assailants on the identification of the family members who escaped unhurt in the gruesome incident.