Armed groups kill judges and families in Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court

Peshawar, Pakistan (AP) — When moving from the Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan to the capital Islamabad, gunmen killed a judge in the Anti-Terrorism Court and his family on Sunday, police official Shoaib Khan said.

No one claimed responsibility for the shooting, but two bodyguards of Judge Afterb Ahmed Afridi were also seriously injured.

Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court was established to hear cases ranging from terrorist financing to prosecution of perpetrators of rebel attacks. Critics say Pakistan’s radical anti-terrorism legislation is also being used to silence critics of the country’s powerful military.

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

Afridi was assigned to Swat’s Anti-Terrorism Court two months ago. Swat was once a Taliban-controlled area and was shot by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education by educational activist Malala Yousafzai.

Pakistani troops expelled the Taliban from the area in 2009.

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