Would-be suicide bomber, accomplice arrested in Peshawar

Pakistani police Thursday arrested a would-be suicide bomber and his accomplice here following a tip-off about a possible suicide attack in the city, officials said.

Updated: May 06, 2010, 20:19 PM IST

Peshawar: Pakistani police Thursday arrested a
would-be suicide bomber and his accomplice here following a
tip-off about a possible suicide attack in the city, officials
said.

The would-be suicide bomber, identified as Anwar and aged
about 19 years, belongs to the restive Orakzai tribal region.
His accomplice, Haroon Rashid, is a resident of Doaba area of
Hangu district and a student of Iqra University in Peshawar,
the officials said.

The two men were arrested early this morning in
University Town, a sensitive area of Peshawar where foreign
missions and offices of NGOs are located.

"The bomber was caught with an explosive vest," said SSP
(operations) Karim Khan.

Anwar was on the move and getting directions from Rashid
about the location of his target at the time of the arrest,
police said.

The arrests were made in the wake of a tip-off about a
possible suicide attack in the city.

During interrogation, Anwar told police about Rashid, who
was subsequently nabbed. Police did not disclose Anwar`s
intended target.

Anwar also told police during interrogation that he
received training for three years at a madrassa or religious
seminary in Orakzai.

Police displayed the explosive vest allegedly found in
Anwar`s possession to the media.

Officials said it was filled with 12 kg of high grade C4
explosive and pellets.

The vest was defused by the bomb disposal squad.

The two arrested men were also produced before the media
with their faces covered and their hands cuffed behind their
backs.

However, reporters were not allowed to speak to them.

PTI