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ISLAMABAD: Two men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in assaulting and killing a 12-year-old girl, the capital police said on Thursday.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Golra Inspector Tanvir Abbasi told Dawn that the suspects were arrested from separate places, including Pirwadhai bus terminal, while trying to escape from the city.

The girl went missing on Friday and her body was recovered from a hut located in a slum adjacent to F-11/2.

The hut was abandoned but occasionally used by some dwellers of the slum.

The SHO said the girl was strangled after being assaulted and marks of injuries were found around her neck.

He said a few days before the girl went missing the victim’s father had spotted one of the arrested suspects allegedly alluring her to go with him by offering her sweets.

When the police raided the slum where the suspect lived, he was missing from there, the SHO sated.

Details of people residing in the slum showed that another resident was also missing.

So separate teams were constituted, each consisting of a resident of the slum, and deployed at all the inter-provincial bus terminals and toll plazas as well as the main exit points.

Later, both the suspects were caught separately while trying to escape from the city, the SHO claimed.

He said the two suspects had confessed to their involvement in the crime.

Published in Dawn, March 9th, 2018