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Transgender shot dead, another injured in Mardan

As many as 70 transgender persons were killed in K-P in the last few years

MARDAN: One transgender person was shot dead and another sustained injuries when unknown assailants opened fire on their car near the Museum building located here on Mardan-Charsadda road.

According to details, one transgender – identified as Sadiq – died on the spot while the other named Salman was taken to the Mardan Medical Complex Hospital with bullet injuries for necessary treatment.

Officials of Saddar police station quoted the injured Salman as saying that they along with other transgender persons were on their way back to Mardan from Charsadda district after attending a music function when the incident happened.

Salman told police that two unknown armed persons riding on a motorcycle opened fire on their car. He said that they did not know the attackers as they had no enmity or dispute with anyone.

The police said they lodged an FIR against unknown killers on the complaint of the injured person and had started investigations to trace and arrest the real perpetrators of the crime.

In a similar firing incident that took place about eight days ago, one transgender person identified as Iqbal alias Chand was killed and another named Zamarud was injured when unknown armed persons entered their residential room located near Charsadda Chowk and opened firing on them.

Recently, the transgender community protested against local police authorities, saying that they face threats every now and then.

Last week, the police arrested a suspect for his involvement in an attack on five transgender persons in Mansehra. City Police arrested Sabtin Fida, a resident of Bedadi, who opened fire and injured five transgender persons in Mansehra.

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