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Pakistan Police Bust Baby-Swap Gang

Pakistani authorities say they have arrested several hospital workers over a scheme that abducted and sold newborn babies.

Police said on August 12 that the hospital workers stole newborn babies and replaced them with the bodies of dead infants in hospitals and maternity homes in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The abducted babies were then sold for between 70,000-300,000 Pakistani rupees ($650-$2,850).

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.

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

Based on reporting by Dawn,, and the BBC

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