An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Pakistan's Punjab province, triggering riots in which two people were killed in clashes with police.
According to CCTV footage, the girl in Kasur district was abducted last week outside her home. Her body was found in a rubbish dump yesterday, police said.
"Initial autopsy report suggests that the girl was strangulated after rape," Hameed said.
The girl was staying with her relatives while her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year.
The police has taken four suspects into custody.
"We are trying to identify the person who was seen taking the girl along in the footage," he said.
Riots erupted in Kasur over police inaction after reports of the alleged rape and murder of the girl began circulating on social media.
The protesters pelted stone at the police station, offices of district police officer and district coordination officer in Kasur as the city observed a complete shutter down to protest against the brutal murder.
Police resorted to 'direct' and aerial firing to disperse the protesters, media reports said.
"Two persons who suffered serious bullet injuries during the protest succumbed to their injuries," a rescue official said.
Ruling PML-N member Punjab Assembly Hina Butt submitted a privilege motion in the assembly, seeking justice for 11 other minor girls who were killed after rape in Kasur and adjoining areas during the last year.
Test cricketers Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz tweeted that it was unbelievable that this brutal incident took place in Pakistan. "Our thoughts are with the parents of the girl," they said and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
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