ATC judge, wife, two children killed in Swabi armed attack

SWABI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge, his wife and two children were killed after unidentified men opened fire on his vehicle in Swabi district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Sunday.

According to police sources, the vehicle of the ATC judge was targeted by unidentified men near Ambar interchange in Swabi today, as a result, the judge, his wife, and two children died on the spot.

Police further said during the attack, two security guards in the judge’s convoy also sustained bullet injuries. The judge was traveling from Swat to Islamabad when his vehicle comes under attack, police said.

The bodies and the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively. Soon after the incident, the security forces and police cordoned off the area and started collecting evidence from the scene for forensic analysis.

Aftab Khan Afridi was an ATC judge in Swat and was posted two months back. The Swat Bar Association has announced to protest against the attack on Monday (tomorrow). No one will appear before the courts tomorrow, said the president of the Swat Bar Association.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan denounced the attack and expressed his grief over the loss of human lives in the incident. “Targeting women and children is a coward attempt.” He said that those behind the attack would not be spared.

The chief minister instructed the police to immediately arrest the culprits behind the attack and also sought a detailed inquiry report in this regard.