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Horrific end to love marriage

LAHORE: A man entered into a commercial bank, shot dead his 25-year-old wife and later attempted suicide by shooting himself in the Township area, police said on Monday. The gunfire triggered fear and terror in the bank as the staff and visitors ran towards safe places in panic. The condition of the attacker, later identified as Irfan Zaman, was reported to be critical, while Finance and Credit Officer Rabia Bibi died on the spot.

Police investigators said Irfan Zaman, a resident of Peshawar, stormed into the branch of Bank Alfalah situated near Akbar Chowk in the Township police limits. He opened straight fire on his wife and later shot himself.

A resident of Bhakkar, Rabia Bibi, who had contracted love marriage with the killer a few months ago, sustained multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot.

Her husband was also wounded seriously and was rushed to a nearby hospital where his condition was reported to be critical until the filing of this report.

Heavy police contingents reached the spot soon after the incident and collected evidences from the crime scene. The police also removed the dead body to the morgue for autopsy.

Police investigators said the couple had been residing in Mateen Avenue Housing Society in the Satu Katla area since they had contracted love marriage. Later, differences developed between the couple and Rabia left her husband’s home. She was working as finance and credit officer in the bank.

The Township station house office (SHO) told reporters that the killer, Irfan Zaman, had been hunting for his wife for the last many months. The deceased woman had got registered some cases against her husband in Satu Katla Police Station for hurling life threats at her. The police failed to arrest the accused, providing him with an opportunity to launch gun attack against his wife. Further investigations are underway.

Youth found slaughtered: A 20-year-old youth was found slaughtered from the Shalimar police area on Monday.

Police said the youth, ye to be identified, was lying slaughtered near Sheller Chowk in the Shalimar police vicinity on early Monday. Some passers-by spotted the dead body and contacted the police by phone.

Police investigators termed the killing blind murder and said unidentified killer(s) slaughtered the youth and fled away after throwing his body on the road. The police have removed the body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.

The Nation