RAWALPINDI: Police on Thursday night claimed to have apprehended the suspect behind knife attacks on women in Rawalpindi that have terrorised the masses in the last six months.

Officials said the suspect was arrested following release of a sketch made with the help of eyewitnesses of the knife attacks on women inRawalpindi's Morgah area.

The suspect was said to be a resident of a suburban town of Kahuta. Police say they would now get him identified by the victims of the attacks.

Earlier, police rounded up a number of people suspected to be the part of a knife-wielding group targeting women in the city.

The mysterious knife-wielding group, which attacks only women after dark, has so far stabbed 32 women since February, of whom one died while others were wounded.

In the latest attack, a nurse was stabbed to death and two others injured on Sunday night. The wounded nurse, in her statement, said that she had been returning from Saddar area after shopping along with her fellow nurse when they were attacked near Defence Chowk.

She was walking ahead of her friend when she heard a scream. The nurse said she was also attacked the moment she turned to look back. Her friend, Anum Naz, had later succumbed to her wounds.

Police suspect the involvement of one or two men in the attacks that spread terror in the vicinity and forced women to stay at homes.

All of the attacks took place under the jurisdiction of Morgah police station, which includes Kot Kalian and Rabia Bungalows.

Panic gripped the residents once again after Sunday’s renewed attacks and subsequent death of a nurse.