Gunmen kill female politician in Pakistan


PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Gunmen shot dead a secular female politician from Pakistan’s troubled northwest after breaking into her home at night, police said on Saturday.

Najma Hanif, 35, was a senior member of the Awami National Pary (ANP) which is known for its outspoken views against the Taliban and backed military operations against the insurgents while it ruled the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Police said the gunmen, who have not yet been identified, used a silenced pistol in their attack on Friday night. “One or two attackers entered the house and killed her,” said Mohammad Faisal, a senior police officer in the city of Peshawar where the shooting happened.

The motive was not immediately clear but Hanif’s husband and son along with their bodyguard were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in November 2011.