Bodies of four women and a man were found on Tuesday in gunny sacks on the banks of the River Kabul and River Swat in Nowshera and Charsadda.
Residents of Pashtoon Garhi spotted three bodies in gunny sacks in a stream near the River Kabul, Badan Khan, an official of the Azakhel police told The Express Tribune. According to police, the dead were subjected to torture.
The bodies were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Nowshera for postmortem. Khan added that two of the women seemed to be in their early twenties while the third could be around 50.
No one has so far claimed the bodies, the official told The Express Tribune, adding that the possibility of militancy cannot be ruled out.
Interestingly enough, the body of an unidentified man had been found at the same place Monday afternoon. Police are investigating if the two incidents are related.
In a separate incident in Charsadda, bodies of a woman and a man in gunny sacks were found floating in the River Swat. The corpses were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Charsadda.
Zaman Khan, a local police official, told The Express Tribune that a civil defence official spotted the two gunny bags while checking the water level in the river.
Hands and feet of both bodies were tied, however whether they were shot could not be ascertained since the corpses were decomposed beyond recognition, Khan said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2013.