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Two teenage girls have been assassinated in a so-called “honour killing” in north-west Pakistan following a video going around on the internet.
They are said to have been shot to dead by their family members earlier this week in a village on the border of the North and South Waziristan tribal districts.
The killings came after a video was posted on social media showing the girls with a young man, police said.
Two men were reportedly taken into custody on Sunday in connection with the case.
The two men were the father of one of the dead persons and brother of the other victim, police officials told BBC Urdu.
The occurrence is said to have taken place on Thursday afternoon at Shaam Plain Garyom, a border village of North and South Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to police.
The reason behind the killings of the two girls, aged 16 and 18, is known to be a video, provided to the BBC, which shows a young man recording himself with three young girls in a sheltered area outdoors.
*It appeared the video was shot nearly a year ago and most probably went viral on social media a few weeks ago, a senior police official told Dawn newspaper.*
“At the moment, our topmost priority is to secure the life of the third girl and the man before taking any action,” the officer said.
Human Rights Watch says that violence against women and girls still a serious problem in Pakistan.
Activists believe about 1,000 such “honour killing” assassinations are carried out across the country every year.
Bing Liu, a 37-year-old Chinese assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was discovered dead in his house on Saturday.
Close friends said he was near to making “significant findings” on his studies of Covid-19, tracing online opinion it was an assassination.
But police say it was a murder-suicide.
The Chinese Professor was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, neck, torso and extremities at his home in the Pittsburgh suburbs, as said by the local police department.The gunman was later identified as 46-year-old software engineer Hao Gu. Authorities say he took his own life after returning to his car.
“Liu and Gu knew each other,” homicide detectives said.
The findings has determined it was a murder-suicide resulting from “a lengthy dispute regarding an intimate partner”.
They said there was “zero prove” the case was anything close to Liu’s research work and the current public health crisis.
In a statement, Liu’s colleagues eulogies him as an outstanding researcher who “was on the verge of making very significant findings” towards improving the cellular mechanisms of Covid-19 escalation.
According Liu’ online CV, he had joined with biologists and clinicians to study human immunity.
What are the conspiracy theorists saying?
“Oh my god,” a user on the Chinese social media platform Weibo wrote. “This seems like coming straight out of Mission Impossible. Perhaps he found out that the virus originated from an American lab.”
Many similar comments suggested Liu was killed because he was seemingly about to straighten out the mystery of coronavirus’ origin.
Chinese officials and state media had earlier on promoted an unfounded claim that the virus originated in the US and was brought to Wuhan by Americans.