Shrine custodian batters 20 disciples to death in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: A custodian of a shrine killed at least 20 people, including five of a family, and injured four others in a remote village of Sargodha district of Punjab in Pakistan on Sunday morning.

Liaquat Ali Chatta, deputy commissioner of Sargodha, said the custodian, Abdul Waheed, a resident of Lahore and a government employee, killed the devotees at the shrine of Ali Ahmed Gujjar using machetes and clubs. He said the killer was believed to be mentally unstable. Locals, however, denied the claim.

An injured woman who arrived at the District Hospital Sargodha reported the killings, Chatta said. She was one of the four survivors who managed to flee from the crime scene. “Acting on her information, a heavy contingent of police rushed to the shrine and arrested Waheed and his two associates and shifted them to an undisclosed location,” he said. The accused has admitted to have committed the crime, police said.