Peshawar: Police looking for would-be suicide bomber
PESHAWAR: Police are looking for a final-year student of the University of Peshawar who has been tipped off as a potential suicide bomber, official sources said on Tuesday. The police had been told that Ali Raza, a resident of a village in the Machni area, was enrolled in the Journalism and Mass Communication Department of the university and that he was likely to target law enforcement agencies in the province. Posters with Raza’s picture were pasted at the main gate of the police lines three days ago.
The posters read that the would-be bomber would pose as the son of a senior military or police official and would attack important government installations. Later, it turned out that Raza was actually a student at the University of Peshawar. Police found that Raza’s identity card in the university record bore the same number as the suspected would-be suicide bomber’s. According to police officials, Raza attended classes on November 3 and 4 for the last time and has not been seen since. Raza stayed with the Taliban in the Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district and had also attended a training camp, sources disclosed. According to the sources in the university, unidentified people visited the university to collect Raza’s scholarship money and when asked about him, they said he was attached with a great cause. Psychiatrist Dr Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that several factors, including Jihadi culture, which had developed over the past 30 years, was responsible for extremist tendencies among youth.