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Pakistan: Burglar's arms cut off by villagers


Villagers in Pakistan are arrested after cutting off the arms of a suspected burglar.


Lauren E. Bohn

A suspected burglar's arms were cut off by Pakistani villagers who claim they caught him trying to steal from their homes.

Muhammad Tufail, 34, is in stable condition following the incident overnight in Chak Nangar village near the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, AFP reported.

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According to police, Tufail's arms were severed below the elbow by four male family members.

Two of those accused in the attack have been arrested, while the other two have fled.

"One of the culprits in police custody did confirm that they severed Tufail's arms in a fit of anger because he had snuck into their house intending to burgle," local police official Muhammad Ayub told AFP.

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Amputation is used as legal punishment in many countries, among them Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Islamic regions of Nigeria.

Just last week, the Taliban punished two Afghans working as private security guards for foreign troops by severing their limbs.