LAHORE (AFP): A man murdered his four young daughters here in Faisalabad on Sunday night, the police said Monday.

The crime occurred in Chak Jumra town, around 215 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Lahore. "Irshad Ahmed, a resident of Chak Jumra strangled his four daughters, two sets of twins, late Sunday night," local police official Ghulam Shabir told AFP.

He said the victims were all aged between four and seven. "The father was on anti-depressants," Shabir said, adding that the mother had taken two other children to a wedding in a neighbouring town and left the four girls with their father. When the mother returned the next day she found the four dead children in bed. The father had fled. Zaheer Ahmed, the investigating officer, said there were rope marks on the girls' necks.