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Rawalpindi: Man arrested for keeping family hostage, killing one

RAWALPINDI  – The man who held his family hostage in a home located in Morgah area of Rawalpindi for nine hours has been arrested in injured condition by the authorities, Dunya News reported on Saturday.

According to details, the accused named Abdul Raheem belongs to North Waziristan and has performed two marriages. He has one son and five daughters. The 32-year-old, along with an uncle, called his in-laws to Rawalpindi and offered them to settle their family dispute.

He held 25 people hostages including family members and in-laws last night when their matter could not be solved. The locals informed the police about the incident upon hearing screams and firing.

Abdul Raheem once again opened fire when the security forces arrived which killed his father-in-law, Akbar, and injured three others including his own mother, a child and an elite force official, Khurram.

The suspect’s brother-in-law told the police that he is a drug addict and lost construction machinery worth crores of rupees in gambling. It has been learnt that the man also tried to commit suicide at night.

Heavy contingents of police and rescue teams reached the incident spot and controlled the situation. All the injured have been shifted to a local hospital.

CPO Rawalpindi Israr Abbasi stated that a common individual cannot resort to firing the way Abdul Raheem did. Furthermore, he did not confirm any death in the incident.

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