In the Budhbher area of the city, unknown militants entered a house and launched an attack by opening fire and hurling hand grenades. As a result, at least nine people lost their lives in the assault. The attacks killed all people after handcuffing and identifying. The house of Pir Israr was also destroyed completely.
Superintendent of police (SP rural) Peshawar Rahim Shah said Pir Israr Shah whose family was targeted, directly held no affiliation with any peace committee and was an ordinary man.
Furthermore, Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Fazal-i-Wahid told a private TV channel that armed militants entered the house of Pir Israr last night and separated women from the male members of the family.
Later, they tied the hands and feet of the male family members and shot them dead.
Wahid added that Pir Israr was the brother of Pir Zafar who was killed earlier in an encounter with Bara-based militants.
Zafar was the head of a local peace committee and had recently joined special police force.
One militant was also killed in that attack and it appears that Tuesday night incident was to avenge their militant comrade’s death, claimed DSP Wahid.
The nine deceased persons of Israr’s family included four sons and three nephews, while two of the nephews were said to be 16-year-olds. The dead bodies were shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital for autopsy. Also, after the incident, police started a search operation in the area.
Residents of the area started their protests on the incident and while condemning the attack blocked the Kohat Road.
The attack came a day after 13 people were killed by a triple grenade attack on a Peshawar cinema.
Meanwhile President Syed Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister KPK Parvez Khan Khattak, Governor KPK Engineer Shoukatullah Kahn, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed khurshid Shah, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shairf, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan, Amir Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan, ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, Jamatud Dawa Amir Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and other leaders have condemned the incident of killing nine innocent persons in Peshawar and have offered condolences with the bereaved family over the loss of precious lives.