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20 tortured, killed by paranoid shrine custodian in Pakistan

  • 20 worshippers were killed by a paranoid shrine custodian in Pakistan
  • The victims were stabbed and clubbed to death
  • The victims were given intoxicants before they were murdered

Police arrested the custodian of a Sufi shrine in Pakistan and two accomplices for the murder of 20 worshippers, including 6 members of a family, Saturday night, April 1.

As mentioned in The Straits Times, the murder took place at Sargodha, a remote town in Punjab province. The bodies of the victims, found in a house beside the Shrine of Mohammad Ali Gujjar, bore signs of torture.

A local police official said the suspect, 50-year-old shrine custodian Abdul Waheed, confessed to the crime.

“The 50-year-old shrine custodian Abdul Waheed has confessed that he killed these people because he feared that they had come to kill him,” regional police chief Zulfiqar Hameed told reporters; adding “The suspect appears to be paranoid and psychotic, or it could be related to rivalry for the control of shrine.”

Hameed said they believe the victims were given intoxicants before they were stabbed and clubbed to death.

“The dead people were badly tortured with clubs and knives, mainly on their necks and backs,” Dr. Pervade Haider from a local hospital said.