Pakistani anti-terror judge, family killed

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Gunmen have killed an anti-terrorism court judge and his family as they travelled from the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan to the capital Islamabad.

No-one claimed responsibility for the shooting, which also seriously injured two of Judge Aftab Ahmed Afridi's bodyguards.

Pakistan's anti-terrorism courts were established to hear cases ranging from terrorist financing to the prosecution of perpetrators of insurgent attacks.

Critics say Pakistan's sweeping anti-terrorism laws have also been used to silence critics of the country's powerful military.

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

Afridi had been assigned to the anti-terrorism courts in Swat two months earlier.

Swat was once a Taliban-controlled area and is where education activist Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls' education.

Pakistan's military drove the Taliban from the area in 2009.