Firing

MINGORA, July 23: Another member of a peace committee has been shot dead in in Swat district.

The police say that Mr Umar Hayat of Takhta Band area in Mingora was offering Taravih prayer in a mosque last night when unidentified armed men fired shots on him.

The police conducted a search operation in the area after the firing, but no-one was arrested. About nine members of peace committees have been killed this year.

The government raised peace committees against militants in various settled and tribal areas. These committees, supported by security forces, were meant to guard their respective areas against militants.