Sikh shopkeeper killed in Peshawar gun attack

    A Sikh shopkeeper was gunned down in what appears to be yet another targeted attack on the religious minority in Peshawar on Friday.

    Diyal Singh, who had a general store in Ghari Atta Muhammad, Dir Colony Road on the outskirts of Peshawar, was shot dead by unidentified bike riders who managed to escape after committing the crime.

    “The assailant parked his motorcycle outside Singh’s shop and fire two shots from a pistol,” SP Saddar Malik Habib said, adding that Singh received bullets in his head and chest.

    SP Habib said the deceased was originally from Tirah valley of Khyber district, but had migrated to Peshawar and was living in Mohallah Jogan Shah.

    A statement issued from the city police said SSP Operations Haroon-ur-Rasheed met Singh’s relatives and informed them that CCTV footage had been obtained and a probe launched into the incident.

    On May 15, 2022, two Sikh community members were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in the jurisdiction of Sarband police station on the outskirts of the provincial capital.

    The victims — Ranjeet Singh, 38, and Guljeet Singh, 42, — owned spice shops in Battathal Bazaar.

    In September 2021, a Sikh herbalist Satnam Singh was shot dead on Charsadda Road in the provincial capital.

    Banned militant outfit Islamic State group’s Khorasan chapter (IS-K) had claimed responsibility for the attack. The police claimed in December last year to have killed three IS-K commanders in the city, insisting the militants were involved in the murder of the Sikh hakeem and other attacks.

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