Gunmen ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban tribal elders in volatile northwest Pakistan on Thursday, spraying their cars with gunfire, killing six people and wounding several others.
The members of the anti-Taliban citizen's group were traveling from the Machikhel area to meet security officials in Bannu district when their three-vehicle convoy was sprayed with bullets by insurgents, police officer Mohammad Ghani Khan said. Six bodies were recovered from the bullet-riddled cars, including four tribal elders who had opposed the Taliban in the region.
Several of their associates were wounded in the attack and hospitalized, Khan said.
The ambush followed another attack by militants who killed two members of another anti-Taliban citizen's committee Thursday in the Swat Valley to the northeast. The assailants struck as members of the "peace committee" slept in Swat's Sertelegram area, Mayor Mohammad Ibrar Khan said. Security guards fought the militants and killed several of them, although no bodies were recovered.