Three Britons killed in Pakistan over family fued

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Old 21-May-2010
Three Britons killed in Pakistan over family fued

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen in Pakistan killed five people, three of them Britons of Pakistani origin, over a family feud, police said on Friday.

The killings took place near Gujrat city in Punjab province on Thursday.

Three Britons, identified by Pakistani police as Mohammad Yusuf, his wife Pervez Bibi and their daughter Tania, were visiting the grave of a friend at a cemetery with a relative when gunmen opened fire.

"All three Britons, their host and an attacker were killed in a shootout," Ghulam Sarwar, police chief of the area, told Reuters by telephone.

The attacker was apparently killed accidently by his one of his fellow gunmen, Sarwar said.

Yusuf's son was married to the sister of one of the attackers in Britain 12 years ago but their marriage broke down and led to a separation that caused rivalry between the families, Sarwar said.

Lancashire police in northern England said three members of a family from Nelson, a town in northwest England, were killed in the shooting incident.

"The circumstances surrounding the deaths are unclear at this time but police in Lancashire are liaising with the authorities in Pakistan to ascertain exactly what has happened," Lancashire police said in a statement.

"Officers are speaking with family members in Nelson and they are being offered support at this difficult time."

Gujrat police said one of the attackers had been arrested while they were hunting for two others who were on the run.

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