Prayer Leader Held In Mosque Bombing That Killed 56


People pray at the graves of victims of a suicide bombing in Pakistan’s northwestern town of Charsadda December 22, 2007. Authorities have arrested one man over a suicide attack at a mosque in northwest Pakistan that killed 48 people, and said they suspect Islamic militants in an Afghan border region were involved. (REUTERS/Ammad Waheed)

A madrassa student and prayer leader was picked up in connection with the mosque bombing on Friday that killed 56 in Pakistan.
ROP and Dawn reported:

Two Afghan refugees are among four suspects picked up for questioning in connection with the Charsadda mosque suicide attack on Eid day which left at least 56 people dead and over a hundred others injured.

Security officials said the men, one of them a madressah student as well as a local prayer leader, were held in addition to two others detained earlier.

Civilian and military investigators are hunting for clues in the suicide bombing, which targeted former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao.

The suicide bomber struck while Eidul Azha prayers were being offered in the mosque inside Mr Sherpao’s residential compound.

The former minister and his elder son Sikander Sherpao, who were the bomber’s main target, escaped unhurt.

Forty-one people were killed on the spot and another 15 died later in hospitals in Peshawar and Charsadda.

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