LAHORE - A 36-year-old man was shot dead while his wife wounded critically when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on their car in Satu Katla police precincts late Wednesday night.

Tariq Mahmood riding on a car along with his wife was on his way home after a routine medical check-up when two motorcyclists intercepted the couple near Bagrian.

The motorcyclists opened straight fire on the couple and fled instantly. Both the man and his wife were rushed to hospital where Tariq expired later. The condition of the woman was said to be serious still Thursday night.

His body was moved to the morgue for autopsy. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons and are investigating. A police investigator said two suspects were detained in connection with the killing and are being interrogated.