More than a dozen men have been arrested in Pakistan for the death of a teenage girl whose body was found in a burned-out van.

The killing in the village of Makol, near Abbottabad, rocked Pakistan when it emerged that about two dozen men had held a council and decided on the murder as a form of honor killing.

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When local residents finally managed to put out the flames that had engulfed several vehicles April 29, they found the charred body in the back seat of one of the vans.

Body identified

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Police said the body was that of Ambreen Riasat, a local teenager whose supposed crime had been to help a friend elope.

“The thinking was that they would create such a precedent that no girl would dare run away again, and no boy would dare lure a girl away, and no car owner would help such a couple,” police officer Naseer Ahmed.

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Police said Ambreen was killed before the car was set on fire, but a neighbor said he heard her shouting for help while the car was burning.

 

Source: voanews.com


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