Chilling CCTV shows girl, 8, being led away by mystery man before she was raped, killed and dumped on rubbish pile
WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: Zainab Ansari was on her way to a religious ceremony when she was led away by a mystery man
Chilling CCTV footage has captured the last moments of a young girl before it’s believed she was raped and murdered , then dumped on a rubbish pile.
The child was last seen on her way to a Quran recital before her body was later found close to her home.
Video footages captured near the scene shows Zainab Ansari being led away by a mystery man.
She was later strangled to death.
According to local media, Zainab’s parents were in Mecca for a religious pilgrimage when she was allegedly abducted and then killed.
Her body, which was dumped on a rubbish pile, was found by passers-by in Road Kot in Kasur, a city in Pakistan, four days after her death.
Speaking after arriving back in the country, Zainab’s distraught father, Ameen Ansari, said: “We will not bury Zainab until the killer is caught.”
He then added: “If the police would have acted immediately, the culprit would have been caught.”
The child’s mother sobbed as she told reporters: “I have nothing to say, I just want justice for my daughter.”
Today, crowds attacked a police station in Pakistan in a protest over the shocking crime.
Two civilians were killed when officers fired live rounds to disburse the mob of people.
It was the 12th incident of a girl being adducted, raped, and killed in the past year in Kasur district, police say.
Residents have been furious at the authorities for what they seen as a failure to investigate such cases.
The spokesman for Pakistan’s Punjab province, Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, told Reuters that protesters turned violent and attacked a local police station.
“They started throwing stones at the office and some of armed protesters shot bullets at police. In order to stop them, police resorted to aerial firing,” Khan said, adding that two people were killed and one wounded as a result.
Locals said police responded with undue force.
“A peaceful protest was taking place, some students threw stones and police responded by firing at the crowd,” Saleem ur Rehman, a resident who was at the protest, told Reuters.
“The law and order situation here is really bad and there have been many such incidents. That is what the protest was about.”
Ansari’s case has attracted the attention of the country’s civilian and military leadership, with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif calling for immediate action.
Police in Kasur deny they have been lax in investigating child abductions in the town.
Regional police officer Zulfiqar Hameed told Reuters that four kidnappers had been arrested and another killed during an arrest attempt.
“Investigations reveal that in each case a paedophile kidnaps little girls, rapes them and kills them,” he said.
The case of Ansari would soon be solved, he said: “We have got CCTV footage that shows a young man taking her along. We will catch him very soon,” adding that 95 DNA samples had been taken from suspects.
A number of police officials have been transferred out of the region for failing to investigate complaints of missing children since 2015, when authorities uncovered what they called a paedophile ring linked to a prominent local family.
At least two people have been convicted in the case, in which authorities say hundreds of children in the district were abused.