Forensics confirm DNA match of Mardan minor girl’s murderer

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Punjab Forensics Science Agency (PFSA) confirmed a DNA match of the murderer, rapist of four-year-old Asma of Mardan.

According to Punjab government, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government sent 145 samples of DNA to be matched. Out of those, there was one match. Further details of the match, investigation and the culprit will be provided to the K-P government and police officials.

K-P police has arrested two persons suspected to be involved in murder.

Senior police officials stated that the arrests were made following the DNA report carried out into the murder adding that the evidence collected from the crime scene did not belong to dead body of the deceased child.

“No, the evidence sent for carrying out DNA into the murder was collected from the crime scene and not from the dead body,” the official informed however refused to share identity since he was not entitled to speak to media.

He added that the evidence collected from the crime scene included blood and other material adding that the two persons arrested were Asma’s relatives and both were aged under 30.

An autopsy report had confirmed, last month, that the minor girl had been raped before being killed.

Addressing a news conference at the Central Police Office (CPO), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Inspector General of Police (IGP) Salahuddin Mehsud said that the girl had gone missing late last week and turned up dead the next day.

IGP Mehsud said that initial investigations indicated that the perpetrator had acted alone. “Most probably the offender was a single man and his motives were sexual assault of the girl and the child was strangled afterwards,” he said.

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