The prime suspect in Asma Rani murder case, Mujahid Afridi, has been arrested from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the help of the Interpol.

“UAE has informed us about the arrest. Confirmation will be made after the exchange of documentation and the accused. The Kohat police and UAE police had been in direct contact for the last 3-4 weeks,” the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Inspector General of Police Salahudin Mehsud said on Thursday.

It was reported earlier that the Interpol had arrested Afridi from Sharjah, but these reports could not be confirmed and they were later found out to be false.

Afridi is wanted for the murder of a medical student by the name of Asma Rani, whom he had murdered in Kohat. According to the details provided, Afridi shot at Rani outside her house in Kohat Development Authority Township, when she had gotten home with her sister. Before dying, Rani had accused Afridi of shooting her with the help of his brother and a friend.

Immediately after shooting her, Afridi had managed to flee the country from Islamabad airport through an Umrah visa. The accused is a son of a wealthy man and nephew of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) district leader in Kohat. He had targeted Rani because she had turned down his marriage proposal.

After his escape, the K-P police had approached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and asked it to approach Interpol for the arrest of the accused from Saudi Arabia.