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Peshawar mosque blast suspects arrested

Updated June 22, 2013
Exclusive photo shows one of the suspects of the Peshawar mosque blast at a hospital with multiple bullet wounds and head injuries.—Photo courtesy Zahir Shah Sherazi
Exclusive photo shows one of the suspects of the Peshawar mosque blast at a hospital with multiple bullet wounds and head injuries.—Photo courtesy Zahir Shah Sherazi
People comfort a boy who lost his family member in the suicide bombing at a Madrassa Hussainia mosque in Peshawar on Friday, June 21, 2013. —AP Photo
People comfort a boy who lost his family member in the suicide bombing at a Madrassa Hussainia mosque in Peshawar on Friday, June 21, 2013. —AP Photo
Photograph shows the extent of damage to the mosque Peshawar after a deadly suicide bombing killed at least 14 worshippers on June 21, 2013.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Photograph shows the extent of damage to the mosque Peshawar after a deadly suicide bombing killed at least 14 worshippers on June 21, 2013.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Law enforcement agencies have arrested two suspects involved in a gun-and-bomb attack on Friday which killed 15 people at a mosque in Peshawar.

At least three attackers had stormed the Madrassa Hussainia mosque and Imambargah on Friday in a largely Shia neighbourhood in the city's suburbs. The deadly assault left at least 15 worshipers dead as one of the attackers detonated his suicide vest.

Sources told Dawn.com on Saturday that the two arrested suspects, one said to be in his 20’s and the other in his 30’s, were arrested and taken to Lady Reading Hospital after they were injured following a grueling gun-battle with security forces.

Officials said the two suspects were later shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation.

Exclusive video footage and photographs of the suspects received by Dawn.com show that one of them was severely injured with multiple bullet wounds and head injuries.

The suspect was allegedly shooting at worshipers inside the Madrassa Hussainia mosque and was injured after his accomplice blew up his suicide vest.

Officials claimed the two suspects were arrested on a tip-off after law enforcement agencies arrested at least 25 suspects during a search operation in Gulbahar, Haji Camp and Gulshan Colony areas.