KP police identifies suspects involved in Peshawar blast

ISLAMABAD: In a major development, all three suspects involved in the suicide blast inside a Shia mosque in Peshawar have been indentified by Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP) police and the investigation agencies, said Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Saturday.

In a video message shared on his Twitter account, Sheikh Rasheed revealed that police and investigation agencies have reached close to the suspects and are hopeful that they will be arrested in next two to three days.

The interior minister had earlier hinted at the involvement of foreign forces trying to destabilize the country and vowed to foil their nefarious designs.

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In the same video statement, the minister also urged the Opposition not to create confusion and misunderstanding among the people and warned, “floods, earthquakes or pandemics do not destroy the country but rumors and anarchy harms a state.”

He further claimed that the Prime Minister will complete his constitutional five-year tenure and vowed that they will once again defeat the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA).

“The Opposition is fueling anarchy and agitation at a time when the country is moving forward,” he added.

It should also be noted that the death toll in the suicide bomb attack on Peshawar mosque a day earlier rose to 63 after six more of the injured succumbed to injuries in the Lady Reading Hospital on Saturday.

The spokesperson said that 57 dead bodies were brought to the hospital yesterday.

“37 injured are still under treatment at the hospital,” he said, adding that five of them are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The Counter-Terrorism Department has registered a case related to the suicide blast inside the Peshawar mosque. The FIR has been lodged under terrorism clauses.

Police also released CCTV footage of Friday’s attack showing a man dressed in a traditional shalwar kameez tunic shoot two policemen as he entered the mosque.

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He then detonated a suicide vest packed with ball bearings that ripped through the building, crowded with people just moments before Friday prayers were due to start.

According to the investigations, biometric data check is being conducted of people who recently entered Pakistan from Afghanistan.

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