PESHAWAR: The police on Wednesday arrested five people for trying to bury a boy after murdering him in the Dervishabad area of the city here.

An official at the Yakatoot police station told Dawn that the accused hanged a 13-year-old boy inside Jamia Masjid Farooq, and then tried to bury him stealthily.

The official said the Afghan teenager was studying at the adjacent seminary.

He said the police after being alerted about burial taking place in Urmur village, reached there and arrested five Afghan nationals identified as Qari Bismillah, Roohullah, Gul Ahmed, Qudratullah and Abdul Malik.

He said the police also recovered the body.

He said the boy was hanged inside a room of the mosque, which was locked from the outside.

The official said initially it was not clear what motivated the murder.

However, he said the police were awaiting autopsy report to determine the motive.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2020

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