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‘Paranoid’ Sufi Shrine custodian tortures, kills 20 in Pakistan

Pakistan

Islamabad: At least 20 people, including six members of a family, were tortured and killed at a shrine allegedly by its “mentally ill” custodian and his associates in Sargodha in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Four women were among those killed at the Shrine of Mohammad Ali Gujjar in Pakistan’s Punjab province, according to police, who said they had arrested the shrine’s custodian.

The custodian Abdul Waheed, who was apparently suffering from mental disease, used a dagger and a stick to kill his victims, he said.

According to police the motive behind the crime has not been ascertained yet but locals have said that from last two years the suspect used to visit the area for ‘spiritual sessions’ with the disciples.

A heavy contingent of police was deployed at the dargah soon after the incident and a search operation was launched in adjoining areas.

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