Peshawar: 3 would-be suicide bombers held on Ashura
PESHAWAR: Police rounded up three alleged would-be suicide bombers and six other suspects from various parts of the city after a tip-off about the plot to disrupt the processions on the 10th of Muharram in the provincial capital. The capital city police got the tip that three would-be suicide bombers, Qari, Asad and Amjad had been tasked to carry out bombing during the Ashura processions. Security agencies were further alerted moments before an Ashura procession after reports that one of the bombers had reached Namakmandi. Police later arrested the three would-be suicide bombers as well as six other suspects from different urban parts of the provincial capital, who were shifted to an unknown location. Security was at the highest alert in Peshawar, Hangu and Dera Ismail Khan during the last two days of Muharram.
A suicide bomber had struck in Dera Ismail Khan, killing seven people while curfew was clamped on Hangu after three cops were killed and as many abducted during a militants’ attack.
Peshawar remained quite peaceful as 4,000 cops were deployed across the city to thwart any untoward incident. It was for the first time in three years that no suicide bombing took place in Peshawar during 10 days of Muharram.
It is to be mentioned here that the first suicide attack occurred on seventh Muharram in 2007 in Dhaki Dalgaran wherein along with the then capital city police officer (CCPO), Malik Muhammad Saad, 16 other persons were killed.