Peshawar - Authorities in Peshawar said on Friday that they have arrested several hospital workers over a scheme that abducted and sold newborn babies, reported BBC.

Police said that the hospital workers stole newborn babies and replaced them with the bodies of dead infants in hospitals and maternity homes in Peshawar. The abducted babies were then sold for between 70,000-300,000 rupees.

Police said they made the arrests after receiving a tip-off that led them to one of the gang members, a woman identified as Wajeeha. At least five other gang members were also taken into custody. The gang confessed to selling nine newborns, according to police.

Security forces rescued a kidnapped baby girl from the gang’s custody.

The country has recently seen several high-profile cases of baby abductions.