Gunmen shoots dead prison official, brother in Pakistan

Unknown gunmen shot dead prison official, his brother at their home in Pakistan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Pakistani prison official shot dead by a gunman

Updated Sep 25, 2015

The deputy superintendent of Peshawar Prison Zahir Shah and his brother have been killed by an unidentified gunmen at his home in Peshawar on Thursday, local officials said.

According to local residents, four gunmen appeared with motorcycles and two of them entered the house pretending to be visitors for the Eid al-Adha holiday. While Shah was celebrating Eid al-Adha with his relatives, the gunmen opened fire and killed Shah and his brother.

“Unknown gunmen shot dead Zahir Shah and his brother and fled on motorcycles,” local police chief Hassan Khan told AFP.

No one has taken responsibility for the bloody attack, but Taliban militants were to blamed for such incidents in the past. The prison where Shah is employed by has many imprisoned militants. 

Last Friday, an air force base in the country's northwestern city of Peshawar was attacked by Taliban gunmen who killed 29 people.

"Terrorists engaged, contained around guardroom area," Pakistani Major General, Asim Bajwa tweeted.

According to sources, armed military units were sent to the area and exchanged fire with militants,which three of whom have been killed.

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