KARACHI: Karachi Police late Saturday released pictures of the suspect involved in knife attacks on women in the city’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar area, with officials saying that the lone wolf attacker “appears to be a lean man in his 20s.”
The attacks, believed to have been carried out by the same suspect, have so far wounded at least nine women near Rabia City and Jauhar Chowrangi areas of the city.
The latest attack came in wee hours of Saturday, when a woman was stabbed while descending from a rickshaw near Mosamiat. She then went to a nearby hospital in the same rickshaw for treatment.
Police released pictures of the suspect late Saturday, in which the lone wolf attacker is seen riding a motorbike, moments before attacking one of the victims.
“The suspect appears to be a lean man aged between 20-29 years,” said Sultan Khawaja, deputy inspector general (DIG) of Karachi’s district East. “He appears to be 5 feet 7-9 inches tall.”
Khawaja said that anyone helping or providing information leading to the arrest of the suspect would be given Rs0.5 million.
He said that any information on the suspect could be given on mobile phone no. 0300-3552256.
Earlier on Saturday, Police booked two more cases reported by victims of stabbing attacks in and around the cityâ€™s Gulistan-e-Jauhar locality this week, bringing the total at five.
A 28-year-old woman, attacked on Thursday afternoon, said that a man on a motorcycle, wearing a helmet, had attacked her with a sharp-edged instrument from behind.
One of the victims, who was attacked on Tuesday, said that an unidentified man on a motorcycle wearing a black helmet attacked her from behind.
Another survivor, a student of seventh grade, informed police that she was attacked from behind near Rabia City in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The girl said she was unable to identify the attacker as he had covered his face with a helmet.
Fear, panic in Gulistan-e-Jauhar
The incidents have sparked fear and panic among the area residents, forcing women to take extra precautions before going outside.
A female student of Karachi University said that police officers have advised women to be careful while walking on the streets.
â€œWe have been directed to not leave our houses after Maghrib prayers,â€� remarked another student.
Female students also said that they are taking all possible precautions including avoiding walking alone at night and not staying out for too long.
A KU student said that the attacker seems to be suffering from a psychological disorder. â€œNormal people do not commit such acts,â€� she added.
Another student said that government should take notice of the issue and resolve it immediately.