Pakistani-US family on Eid visit falls prey to 'hi-tech' Motorway robbers

Trio of robbers used a "tyre blaster" to stop the family's vehicle, then held them at gunpoint

This representational image shows an NH&MP vehicle park near the road. — APP/File

In a brazen-faced robbery on the Motorway near Charsadda, three armed dacoits looted a Pakistani-American family travelling from Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to federal capital, Islamabad, in the wee hours of Sunday (June 16), according to local police. 

The trio of robbers used a "tyre blaster" — a puncturing device or technique — to stop the family's vehicle at 2:00 am, then held them at gunpoint, stealing three iPhones, Rs58,000 in cash, and two tolas of gold.

The affected family was visiting Pakistan to celebrate Eid ul Adha with their relatives.

Police have formed a special investigation team led by SP Investigation Charsadda to probe the incident and apprehend the culprits. 

Six suspects have been detained for questioning, and geo-fencing of the crime scene has been conducted. Details of gangs involved in the robbery have been retrieved from records, according to police.

Regional Police Officer Mardan Zahoor Babar Afridi informed Geo News that the suspects fled on foot after the holdup. He however assured that they would be apprehended soon.

Afridi also said that the Pakistani-American family were guests in Pakistan and efforts were underway to trace the perpetrators and ensure justice.