Selfie phobia claims three lives in Peshawar

07:19 PM | 16 Aug, 2016
Selfie phobia claims three lives in Peshawar
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PESHAWAR (Web Desk) - An 11-year-old girl drowned after falling into Kunhar River while attempting to take a selfie and her parents also died trying to save her.

According to an eyewitness, the girl, Safia Atif, was trying to take a selfie along the river when she slipped and fell, while Safia's mother, Shazia Atif, then jumped in to save her daughter but was swept away, adding that seeing both his wife and daughter drowning, the father, Atif Hussain, also jumped in to rescue them but he also  met a similar fate.

“The dead bodies of the mother and daughter have been recovered while we are still looking for the body of Hussain,” an official said and added that the parents were doctors from Punjab and had taken their family to the area on holiday. They are survived by a nine-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who witnessed the event.

Kunhar River flows through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, at a hilly tourist spot in Beesian village, some 200 kilometres north of Islamabad. The deep, rocky and fast flowing river is popular for white-water rafting.