Firing incident near Rawalpindi leaves 9 dead including women and children

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RAWALPINDI: An exchange of fire between two groups near Chontra police station left nine dead, including women and children, and a three-year-old girl injured, police said Saturday.

Five women and four children died when members of an armed group barged into a house and opened indiscriminate firing on Friday. The children were aged between 1-3 years old, confirmed police. 

Rawalpindi police said it arrested two suspects and recovered weapons from them. Raids were being conducted for the arrest of the main suspect and his accomplices. 

Police claim that the incident was the fallout of an old rivalry.

Taking notice of the incident, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had ordered City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi to submit a report in this regard.

The chief minister jad ordered that the culprits involved be arrested as soon as possible. “Action will be taken against those involved.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Punjab for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat had said that the CPO had informed him that at least eight people were killed in the incident.

“The CPO has been ordered to visit the [scene of crime], and I am personally in touch with him,” Basharat had said.

Talking about the location of the incident, he had said that the Chontra police station is at a distance of two-and-a-half hours from Rawalpindi.

“Those involved in the incident will be arrested,” Basharat had said.

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