MARDAN: A teenaged girl was killed by unknown persons in Garhi Kapura area of Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, police said on Saturday.

Police said the 12-year-old girl was killed near Battagram canal and her body was found hanging in a deserted place near her house.

The family members of the girl said she went missing on Friday evening after which they started search for her. They said after hectic search someone told them that the body of the girl was hanging from a tree. They suddenly went there and recovered the body. They said the girl was hanged from the tree with a rope.

The Rescue 1122 team reached the spot and shifted the body of the girl to District Headquarters Hospital Mardan. The doctors at the hospital confirmed that the girl had already died before she was brought to hospital.

Police said the mother of the deceased girl has accused her neighbor W* for killing her daughter. Police has arrested two sons of the accused.

The motives behind the murder could not be ascertained yet. Police have initiated investigation into the matter.

On Thursday, a resident of Bakhshu Pull area of Peshawar appealed to the Inspector General of Police KP and higher authorities to recover his missing daughter.

Muhammad Rasool said while talking to media persons in Peshawar Press Club that his daughter Shumaila was married to Bilal who often made demands of money. He said his daughter went missing on August 12, 2018 and her in-laws did not reveal anything about her. He alleged that the officials of Paharipura Police Station also refused to lodge FIR on his complaint.

Muhammad Rasool said an FIR was filed in Yousafabad Police Station due to intervention of the courts and the accused Bilal was also arrested, but he doesn’t know whether his daughter is still alive.

Meanwhile, the Mardan Police has arrested an accused who killed a woman by poisoning her.

The body of the woman was found in the limits of Sheikh Maltoon Police Station in February this year. Police had temporarily buried the body after post-mortem which revealed that the woman died after she was made to consume poison.