Rawalpindi: Remand of 4 accused extended for 1 week
RAWALPINDI: An Anti–Terrorist Court (ATC) here on Friday extended the physical remand of four men allegedly involved in the Marriott Hotel suicide attack for one more week. The court directed the police to complete further investigation and produce the accused on the next hearing of the case on October 31. The Secretariat Police Station registered a case under Sections 302, 324, 427, 436, 109, 3/4 Explosive Act of Pakistan and 7–ATA against Dr. Muhammad Usman, Rana Ilyas Ahmed, Muhammad Hameed Afzal and Tehsinullah Khan for their alleged involvement in the September 20 suicide attack on the Marriott.
Police had arrested the accused on October 16 and produced them before the court. AFP adds: The September 20 attack was carried out by a suicide bomber in a dumper truck who detonated 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of explosives outside the luxury hotel, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 260.
“We obtained a seven-day remand for the four suspects who were produced before the court on Friday,” police official Altaf Khattak told AFP. The men were arrested recently from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, he said.
No further details of their identities or their affiliations were available. Khattak said the suspects would be interrogated by a joint investigation team comprising senior police and intelligence officials. Officials have said they suspect Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network was behind the attack, one of the most devastating in the country’s history.