Chinese woman among 2 shot dead in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Two unidentified armed men killed two people, including a Chinese woman, in busy Jahangirpura Bazaar on Tuesday evening and fled. Peshawar SSP (operations) Tahir Ayub to Dawn that it had yet to be confirmed why the woman had come to the city and who were involved in her and her companion’s killing. “We are collecting evidence for investigation,” he said.
A source in police said the woman was Jiang Hua, a 30-year-old Beijing University student, who was in the town on a leisure trip, while the slain man was her host, Suleman Shams, a Nasir Bagh resident currently studying at Government College, Lahore. He said Mr Suleman was an athlete and had visited Qayyum Stadium to practise his athletic skills in the day.
An investigator said police had found two passports, $100 and around Rs5,000 on Chinese woman and a laptop on her host. He said the two received multiple bullet wounds.
Police later shifted the bodies to Lady Reading Hospital for autopsy.
Also in the day, two masked men armed with pistols took away over Rs14,000 and guards’ rifles from the Gulberg branch of Habib Bank Limited.
The bank is located on the main Sher Shah Suri Road near Sunehri Masjid.
A police official said robbers showed up riding motorcycles, snatched pistols of a policeman and a private guard, got over Rs14,000 cash from cashier on the counter and fled.
SP (Cantonment Circle) Shabeeh Hussain told Dawn that robbers seemed new to the world of crime as had they been experienced, they would have taken away all the cash from the bank.
Gulberg police station didn’t register FIR until the evening, said official Samad Khan.
Meanwhile, a bomb exploded in Surizai village on the outskirts of Peshawar on Thursday evening.
However, no damage to human life was reported.
A bomb disposal unit official said the bomb, which was of local make and weighed around three kilogrammes, was planted in a garbage dumping site.
Also in the day, Peshawar police recovered a toy bomb placed in a bag full of hashish near Tata Park in the posh locality of Hayatabad.
A BDU personnel said the toy bomb had no explosives but a detonator, some wires and plastic cover. He said two bags full of hashish were also seized.