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Pakistani suspect in child killings brought before tribunal

January 24, 2018

Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Shahbaz Sharif, third right, addresses a news conference with Mohammed Amin Ansari, fourth right, father of a 7-year-old Zainab Ansari, who was raped and killed, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Sharif said a man suspected in the rape and killing of aZainab has been arrested and has confessed to hers and at least seven other child killings. Sharif identified the suspect as Mohammed Imran, 24, who was arrested near Kasur. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has given police two weeks to interrogate a suspect arrested in the brutal killings of eight children in the eastern city of Kasur.

Ahsanullah Chauhan, a police investigator, says the suspect, Mohammad Imran, was presented before a judge in Lahore on Wednesday, amid tight security.

Imran’s arrest came two weeks after 7-year-old Zainab Ansari was assaulted and her body thrown in a garbage dump early this month. He is suspected in her death and in those of at least seven other children.

Zainab’s death stirred outrage across the country and brought to light the other abductions and slayings by a suspected serial predator.

Police said on Tuesday that Imran had confessed to the murders.

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