190701 family murder
Man kills nine member of his family including wife, mother-in-law and two children Image Credit: Social Media

Dubai: A Pakistani expatriate working in Saudi Arabia, killed nine members of his family including his wife, two  children, mother-in-law and two-sisters in law.

The tragic incident happened in Multan on Sunday when the suspect identified as Ajmal gunned down five people and then set his in-laws' house on fire killing four more people, a senior police officer told Gulf News from Multan.

The suspect arrived in Multan a few days ago from Saudi Arabia, where he works as a tailor. Police said that Ajmal had suspected that his wife Kiran was cheating on him while he was away. He, along with his father and a brother, went to his in-laws house where he opened fire after a heated argument.

According to preliminary investigation, Ajmal gunned down five  members of the family on the spot including his wife, mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

His brother-in-law and father-in-law were also injured in the attack. After opening fire, Ajman, his father and brother allegedly locked other people in the room and set the house on fire.

As a result, his two children and two other women were burnt alive. While eight people died on the spot, another person with bullet wounds succumbed to injuries at Nishtar Hospital in Multan.

A senior official told Gulf News that the suspect first opened fire on his wife. His mother-in-law and sisters-in-law came forward to save Kiran but he continued to shoot in rage and killed them all.

He and his father also reportedly opened fire at the people who had gathered outside the house injuring a woman and a child.

Multan City Police Office (CPO) Imran Mehmood told media that the suspect Ajmal and his father had been arrested while his brother was at large.