SWAT - Unidentified men in Charbagh tehsil of Swat gunned down village defence committee member and JUI-F candidate for local government elections on Friday.

According to police, the victim, Asad s/o Haji Muhammad Shahid, resident of Khwar Palo village, was returning home around 8pm when three unknown persons who were already waiting at the local bazaar for him, opened indiscriminate fires at him.

Asad was severely injured while the attackers managed to flee from the spot.

Locals took him to a hospital, however, on the way he succumbed to his injuries.

Asad was the member of village defence committee and JUI-F candidate for local government elections.

Later, a large number of people and notables of the area attended his funeral congregation.

Police have registered a case against the unidentified attackers. Security forces and police have started a joint search operation for the murderers. However, no arrest has so far been made.

It is pertinent to mention that target killings in Swat district have increased over the last few months.