Court for determining bomber’s age

Published Nov 22, 2012 01:54am

PESHAWAR, Nov 21: A local anti-terrorism court on Wednesday referred a suspected teenage suicide bomber to a local hospital for determination of age and ordered police to produce him again today (Thursday).

Police produced the suspect, a resident of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, before Judge Ibrahim Khan under tight security.

The boy, who was arrested a day ago in Sarband area for wearing a suicide vest, was brought to the court on Khyber Road in an armoured personnel carrier. No one, including journalists, were permitted to enter the court.

According to an official of the court, the police personnel accompanying the boy requested the court to grant them his physical custody for investigation.

The judge observed that apparently, the boy was a juvenile.

The court ordered the medical superintendent of Lady Reading Hospital to conduct his medical examination to ascertain his age. According to police, the boy is around 13.

He was arrested on Tuesday along with his alleged handler, Jehangir, who is around 20 and has reportedly told police that he was a schoolteacher.

Jehangir was not produced before the court by police.

Some private television channels had aired footage on Tuesday night showing an official of the bomb disposal squad removing the suicide vest strapped to the body of the boy.

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