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New footage in Zainab case could frustrate probe

New footage in Zainab case could frustrate probe

A police official speaking on condition on anonymity said two of Ansari's relatives had been interrogated and 26 locals are now in custody and being questioned.

The shocking case of rape and murder of a seven-year-old Zainab in Pakistan has taken a new turn as the police on Saturday released a new CCTV footage of a person suspected to be involved in the crime.

At least two people died Wednesday as protesters clashed with police. The situation at Kasur police station got quite tense after which police had to disperse the crowd, in which two civilians were killed.

Three police officers were arrested for opening fire on protesters instead of into the air.

On January 4, Zainab had left her house to go to her maternal aunt's nearby and is believed to have been abducted en route.

Zainab's parents returned from their pilgrimage on Wednesday but they were unable to attend their child's funeral prayers.

On Jan 9, five days after she disappeared, some labourers found her body from a trash pile.

The Inspector General of Punjab Police had earlier told reporters that a Joint Investigation Team set up to probe the case had received the DNA test results and investigations were underway. As reporters surrounded them outside Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport, her grieving mother said: "I have nothing to say, I just want justice for my daughter".

The gang allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted at least 280 children in the area, blackmailed the families of the victims since 2009, and even sold video clips and images of the assault.

The chief minister of Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif visited Ansari's parents to assure them that the perpetrators would be apprehended soon, a provincial government spokesman said.

It is the 12th such murder in the town of Kasur in a year, and has raised concerns that a serial killer may be on the loose. They also threw traffic out of gear by burning tyres on Ferozepur Road and chanted slogans against police and local parliamentarians for their alleged apathy.

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