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16 arrested for Karachi ‘knife attacks’ targeting women

A total of 10 women have been attacked so far by men riding motorcycles, their faces covered by helmets, with the crimes creating fear among the residents of Karachi

world Updated: Oct 05, 2017 17:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The perpetrators, usually on motorcycles, would target lone women.(Photo for representation only)

Karachi Police have arrested 16 people after a spate of stabbings targeting women left the Pakistani port city reeling in fear.

Additional inspector general of police Mushtaq Maher said the 16 arrested included a “key suspect”.

The attacks started on September 25. The perpetrators, usually on motorcycles, would target lone women in Gulistan-e-Jauhar — one of Karachi’s biggest residential and commercial areas. After three FIRs were filed over the stabbings, police launched a manhunt and began trying to ascertain the motivation for the attacks.

“The attacker always wears a helmet, jeans and shirt, and appears to be between 25 and 30 years, according to the witnesses we have spoken to so far,” an investigating officer told PTI last week.

On Wednesday alone, three women were stabbed, bringing the total number of victims to 10, the Dawn newspaper reported.

A report on the incidents was submitted before Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah. “What is happening and why the police have failed to arrest the culprit?” Shah was quoted as saying by the daily. He announced a reward of Pakistani Rs 500,000 for information leading to an arrest.

First Published: Oct 05, 2017 17:47 IST