PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead a member of Pakistan’s minority Sikh community in an overnight attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said Sunday.

Gauher Khan, a local official, said the attack on Manmohan Singh, 35, looks like a targeted killing. A police investigation is continuing, Khan said, into the motive.

Khan said the assailants opened fire on Singh as he was returning home from a suburban area. The assailants fled the scene.

It is the third attack on a member of the Sikh community this year in Pakistan. Last month, assailants shot dead Sardar Singh in a drive-by shooting in the eastern city of Lahore. In April, gunmen shot dead Dayal Singh in Peshawar. In the same city, in May 2022, gunmen killed two members of the Sikh community.

Most Sikhs immigrated to neighboring India in 1947, the year British rule of the subcontinent ended and Pakistan was created as a homeland for the region’s Muslims. Thousands of Sikhs stayed in Pakistan, where they generally live in peace. But isolated attacks against minority Sikhs, Christians and members of the Ahmadi sect have continued.

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