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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Fugitive accused of killing medical student arrested in Dubai after weeks on the run

Mujahid Afridi allegedly killed 18-year-old student Asma Rani outside her home in Pakistan

Mujahid Afridi fled Pakistan after allegedly killing 18-year-old student Asma Rani outside her home in Kohat in January. The 25-year-old was arrested in Dubai. Courtesy: Dubai Police
Mujahid Afridi fled Pakistan after allegedly killing 18-year-old student Asma Rani outside her home in Kohat in January. The 25-year-old was arrested in Dubai. Courtesy: Dubai Police

A man wanted for allegedly killing an 18-year-old student in Pakistan has been arrested in Dubai, police said on Wednesday.

"Mujahid Afridi, 25, a Pakistani national, pointed his gun at the third-year-medical student and fired three times. The incident took place on January 27,” said Major General Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant police chief for criminal investigation.

He said the suspect is accused of killing the victim, Asma Rani, outside her home in Kohat when she refused to marry him.

The incident made headlines in Pakistan when footage posted online showed Ms Rani in hospital shortly before her death, naming Afridi as her killer.

Crowds took to the streets to demand urgent action to locate and arrest the suspect.

“The suspect escaped from Pakistan and travelled to several countries before he was arrested in Dubai,” said Maj Gen Al Mansouri.

Mr Afridi was arrested on March 10. He has already been extradited to Pakistan after legal procedures were completed, police said on Wednesday.

“The suspect was being watched by Dubai Police since he arrived in the country. He had changed his appearance, but we managed to identify him,” said Major General Abdullah Al Marri, head of Dubai Police.

“A warrant had been issued by the Interpol for his arrest."

Police in Pakistan said Afridi is wanted in connection with another alleged murder in the past.