Thirteen Slain in Apparent Revenge Killing
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ Thirteen people, including four children, were shot to death while they slept in an apparent revenge killing in a remote Punjab village, according to news reports Sunday.
The victims were killed early Saturday in the eastern village of Kotli Bare Khan, reportedly to avenge the deaths of three young relatives killed in a robbery attempt two years ago, said Ziaullah Niazi, a Pakistani journalist.
One person killed Saturday, Mohammed Malik, had been arrested in connection with the robbery attempt and released on bail, Niazi said. His case was still before the courts.
The gunmen also killed Malik’s wife, his two daughters and two sons. A third son escaped by jumping off the roof of the house.
Police said Malik’s daughters, ages 12 and 15, tried to save his 7-year-old son by throwing themselves on top of him. But the gunmen dragged the three children into another room and shot them, Niazi said, quoting police reports.
Seven members of another family who had refused to testify against Malik in the attempted robbery case were also killed, Niazi said. The victims included two brothers and their grown sons.
Revenge killings are common in Pakistan, where feuds often span generations.