Gunmen kill Pakistani anti-terror court judge and family members

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Gunmen killed a counter-terrorism court judge and his family on Sunday as they traveled from the Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan to the capital Islamabad, police officer Shoaib Khan said.

No one claimed responsibility for the shooting, which also seriously injured two of Judge Aftab Ahmed Afridi’s bodyguards.

Pakistan’s counterterrorism courts were established to hear cases ranging from the financing of terrorism to the prosecution of perpetrators of insurgent attacks. Critics say that Pakistan’s extensive counterterrorism laws have also been used to silence critics of the country’s powerful military.

Afridi, his wife and two children, including a two-year-old son, were killed in the attack, Khan said.

Afridi had been assigned to the anti-terrorism courts in Swat two months earlier. Swat was once a Taliban controlled area and is where the Taliban fired at education activist Malala Yousafzai for defending girls’ education.

The Pakistani army expelled the Taliban from the area in 2009.

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