Police in Pakistan are stepping up a manhunt for a possible serial killer after an eight-year-old girl was found raped and murdered in Kasur, eastern Punjab, sparking widespread protests.
Government spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan said authorities were searching for a suspect who kidnaps and kills young girls after Zainab Ansari’s body was found on Tuesday.
It comes after police revealed at least 10 similar cases had rocked the city since January 2017.
Investigators now say they have found traces of the same DNA on six of the girls, including Zainab, according to a police document seen by the BBC.
All of the girls, who lived within a 3km radius, went missing from near their homes and were dumped on rubbish sites or in abandoned houses nearby.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Mr Khan vowed to bring Zainab’s killer to justice and said chief minister Shehbaz Sharif would be personally following the case.
Lahore: Protests broke out across Pakistan on Thursday after the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in a district south of Lahore, due to public anger at what is seen as the authorities’ failure to investigate such cases.
It is the 12th such murder in the town of Kasur in a year, and has raised concern that a serial killer may be on the loose.
Two people were killed on Wednesday when police fired at angry protesters in Kasur, and a local resident said schools, offices, and markets remained shut in the town on Thursday.
Demonstrations were held in all cities between Faisalabad in the northeast down to Pakistan’s southern metropolis of Karachi.
In Lahore, the provincial capital of the state where Kasur is located, protesters blocked a major road connecting the two, causing traffic between them to be suspended.
Police recovered the body of Zainab Ansari from a garbage dumpster in Kasur
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A Pakistani news anchor presented last night’s broadcast with her daughter on her lap in honour of the six-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered on Tuesday.
Zainab Ansari was caught on CCTV being led away by a mystery man and was later found raped and strangled on a rubbish pile about a mile from her home.
She is the sixth child to have been abducted, raped and murdered in the city of Kasur in the past year, and local police believe that the killings may have one perpetrator.
Murdered: Zainab is the sixth murder victim in a year to
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- Zainab Ansari, eight, was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan
- CCTV shows her being led away by a man, who then murdered her
- She is the sixth child to have been murdered in a similar way in the city
- Police believe that one man has committed all the murders
- Her death has shocked Pakistanis who claim authorities have been slow to act
Tariq Tahir For Mailonline