Pakistan arrests suspected serial killer over murder of 7-year-old girl

Police in Pakistan on Tuesday (January 23) said they had arrested a man suspected to be a serial killer responsible for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a case that ignited nationwide protests over allegations of government inaction.

Police found Zainab Ansari’s body in a garbage dumpster in Kasur district near the eastern city of Lahore last week, four days after she was reported missing.

Residents of the area have said the murder was the 12th such incident in a year, setting off fears of a serial rapist killer on the loose.

Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab province where Kasur is located, addressing the media, said the arrested man — identified as 24-year-old Imran Ali — had confessed to Zainab’s murder and his DNA matched samples found on her body.

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