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Official: 1 dead after Pakistani commercial plane fired on

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A police official says that one person was killed and two were wounded after someone opened fire on a Pakistani plane as it was landing in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Dost Muhammad Khan, the station house officer in charge of the area, said five bullets hit the plane.

A spokesman for the airline, Pakistan International Airways, Mashood Tajwar said the woman died on the way to the hospital.

The incident happened as the plane was landing at the Peshawar airport late Tuesday.

Khan said authorities are now scouring the surrounding area to find whoever is responsible.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion will likely fall on militants that the government has been fighting in the country's northwest.

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