Peshawar: Would-be bomber says target was Bacha Khan International Airport
PESHAWAR: The law-enforcers apprehended five suspects during a search operation in Sarband village for being the alleged accomplices of a teenage suicide–bomber who on Wednesday told investigators that his target was the city’s Bacha Khan International Airport, the sources said. The sources said an operation was carried out in Sarband by the police and other security agencies during which the five suspects were arrested. The authorities said the men were arrested on pointation of the alleged suicide bomber. Investigators said the 13-year old would-be bomber Bilal, who belongs to Alam Gudar area of Khyber Agency, told them that he was tasked to detonate his explosives’ vest at the Bacha Khan International Airport.
“The boy said he was also directed to explode his jacket close to any senior officer by recognizing him from his ranks on shoulders in case he was stopped by the police while on way to his target,” an investigator said while referring to the statement of the alleged bomber.
The boy was reportedly paid Rs15,000 and was convinced that the explosives would not harm his body but would explode away from him on all four sides when he would press the button.
The alleged would-be bomber was arrested along with one Jehangir when they were entering the limits of Peshawar from the tribal territory of Khyber Agency via Bara Road. Bilal, according to police officials, was wearing a suicide jacket while Jehangir, in his 20s, was his handler. Jehangir, however, told the police that he didn’t know Bilal as he had requested him to take him along on his motorbike to Peshawar from Khyber Agency.
The two were signalled to stop by the police at a roadside checkpost in Sarband but Jehangir accelerated the speed of his motorbike instead of stopping. The police deployed at the checkpost chased the two and got hold of Jehangir who had then left the motorcycle on the roadside and tried to run away.