Village defence committee chief, guard shot dead in Pakistan

Peshawar: A village defence committee chief and his police guard were gunned down on Monday by unidentified assailants in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Muhammad Khan, chairman of a village defence committee in Swat district, was shot dead along with his police guard by the assailants, police said.

Another policeman was injured in the firefight, they said. The injured cop has been admitted to hospital but his condition was stated to be critical.

Khan was going towards market from his home when the gunmen intercepted him and shot him multiple times before escaping.

More than 50 peace committee members and over 20 policemen have so far been killed in suck attacks in Swat since 2010.

Peace committees have been formed at the village level in Swat district by the law enforcement agencies to keep vigil on the activities of the suspected people in their local areas.

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