Two more suspects arrested, weapon recovered in Asma murder case


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Inspector General of Police (IGP) Salahuddin Mehsood said Wednesday that two more suspects in the murder of medical student Asma Rani have been arrested and the weapon used in the crime has also been recovered.

Addressing a press conference, the IGP said that murder weapon has also been recovered and more evidence will also be brought forward.

Asma, a third-year medical student in Abbottabad, was in her hometown of Kohat on vacation when on January 27, Mujahid Afridi allegedly opened fire on her over a marriage proposal.

Mujahid, the nephew of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) district president Aftab Alam, left the country after the incident but his accomplice and brother, Sadiqullah Afridi, was nabbed by the police later.

Police also on Saturday arrested Shahzeb, an accomplice of Mujahid, who confessed to helping Mujahid flee the country to Saudi Arabia. Shahzeb, a resident of KDA area of the city was later remanded by a local sessions court into one-day police custody.

Following the expiry of his remand, police transferred Shahzeb to Kohat prison on Sunday.

On him pointing out, police also recovered a motorcycle used in the murder from his house, as well as the car in which Mujahid fled.

The Supreme Court also took notice of the murder on February 2 and threatened in a hearing on February 6 to shift the case out of the province if it sees any pressure hampering investigation in the case.



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