PESHAWAR - Gunmen shot dead deputy superintendent of Peshawar prison and his brother in Charsadda on Thursday, police said.

Zahir Shah, the deputy superintendent of Peshawar prison, where hundreds of militants have been locked up, was shot at home at Hari Chand village, some 60 kilometres northeast of Peshawar, when he was meeting friends and relatives on Eidul Azha which was celebrated in parts of Peshawar and Fata. Local residents said that four gunmen came on motorcycles and two went inside the premises posing as visitors to exchange Eid greetings with Shah and when they were sitting in a compound adjacent to his house, they opened fire on him. Shah’s brother who was nearby and rushed to the scene with a gun was shot dead by two assailants standing outside, they said.

“Unidentified gunmen shot dead Zahir Shah and his brother and fled on motorcycles,” local police station chief Hassan Khan told media. District police chief Shafi Ullah confirmed the incident.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility but Taliban militants have targeted police, politicians and government officials in the past.