Lakki police arrest man over murder of 11 family members

An 11-member family, comprising women and children, was murdered in the Takhtikhel neighbourhood of the Lakki Marwat district, and the police have detained one of the suspects.

Eleven bodies were discovered inside a house in a rural locality on January 10 by the Shaheed Asmatullah Khan Khattak police station of Naurang town; the victims had been tortured and poisoned to death for at least four days prior to the bodies being retrieved.

Syed Arshad Hussain Shah, the interim Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and retired judge, demanded a report from the provincial police chief following the widely denounced incident.

In response to a complaint from Umar Gul, a relative of the victims, the police had filed a formal report (FIR) against Sadar Khan, a suspect in the murders, Lakki district police officer Tariq Habib said at a press conference on Wednesday at his office.

According to him, the accused murderer was from the North Waziristan district, and the police were notified when they learned that the suspect was attempting to escape to Punjab in a public vehicle. “They apprehended him without any difficulty near Gandi Chowk on the Bannu-Mianwali Road and took him to the police station,” he insisted.

According to DPO Habib, one of the reasons the suspect decided to carry out his plan to kill Amaldar and his brother Tabedar’s family members was because on that day, four of the family’s children who were enrolled in a seminary would typically return home on leave. Fortunately, the children were not allowed to leave the seminary on Friday, so they were spared.

When the attacker and his three accomplices arrived at the victims’ home, Mr. Habib said, they fed the victims poisoned cooked rice. “After all the family members fainted, the killer and his three accomplices murdered them with a sharp-edged tool,” he continued.

According to the district police head, the arrested suspect had a criminal history, and efforts were being made to apprehend his accomplices.