Knife-attacker strikes again after police arrest ’16 suspects’ | Pakistan

KARACHI: Another woman was attacked with a sharp object in Karachi’s Pehlwan Goth vicinity.

According to the police, the 28-year-old woman’s hand was attacked and injured after she tried to resist, after which she was rushed to a private hospital in Gulistan-e-Johar.

Last week, fear gripped residents of Gulistan-e-Jauhar area after reports surfaced of a ‘knife attacker’ targeting women in the area.

After five women were attacked on Wednesday in areas including Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gulistan-e-Johar, within a span of two hours, the Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that law enforcement agencies were actively engaged in the manhunt and would arrest the ‘culprit within a day or two.’

Police arrested 15 suspects on Wednesday night and another key suspect on Thursday, the AIG Mushtaq Maher said.

The total number of reported incidents has shot up to 15, with the First Information Reports (FIRs) of three incidents registered at the Shahrah-e-Faisal and Gulistan-e-Johar police station on the complaint of three women who said that they had been attacked by a lone “knife-wielding” motorcyclist.

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 FIR of an attack on Shaheen on September 26 was registered by the police on Wednesday, after repeated requests from the victim’s family.

The incidents have sparked fear and panic among the residents of the metropolis, forcing women to take extra precautions before venturing out.

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.

News Reporter

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