KARACHI: A 13-year-old girl was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant in Karachi, taking the total number of attacks to four within the span of an hour and a half, it surfaced late Wednesday.
“My daughter was returning from the park when she was attacked,” the mother of the victim — a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s Welfare colony — told the police. “She was treated for the wound on her back at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre.”
The attacker first targetted a woman in the city’s Gulshan-e-Jamal area late Wednesday, shortly followed by another attack near Dalmia Road, the police said.
Within an hour of the two attacks, another woman — a student of Urdu University — was assailed in the NIPA Chowrangi vicinity.
The attacker seems to have posed a challenge to the law enforcement authorities, who are yet to nab the assailant.
The first incident, in the chain of attacks, was reported on September 25. Since then, a total of 13 attacks have been reported.
The First Information Report (FIR) of an attack on Shaheen, who was attacked on September 26, was registered by the police today (Wednesday), after repeated requests from the victim’s family.
“The police and other law enforcement agencies are constantly engaged in efforts to apprehend the attacker,” Sindh Minister for Transport & Mass Transit, Labour Human Resources and Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said. “These attacks will not continue for long and we will arrest this man within a day’s time.”
The incidents have sparked fear and panic among the residents of the metropolis, forcing women to take extra precautions before going outside.
A female student of Karachi University (KU) said police officers have advised women to be careful while walking on the streets.
“We have been directed to not leave our houses after Maghrib prayers,” explained another student.
Female students also said that they are taking all possible precautions, including avoiding walking alone at night and not staying out for too long.
A KU student said that the attacker seems to be suffering from a psychological disorder. “Normal people do not commit such acts,” she said.
Another student noted that government should take notice of the issue and resolve it immediately.
‘Thin man, aged 20-29’
Karachi Police released pictures — screengrabs from the CCTV footage — of the suspect Saturday night, wherein the assailant can be seen riding a motorbike moments before attacking one of the victims.