As fourth woman dies from Taxila attack, Pakistan arrests suspects
Parveen Nelson, a 28-year-old nurse injured in the grenade attack on the Christian Hospital chapel in Taxila, Pakistan, died yesterday from her wounds. Meanwhile, examination of one of the other bodies—that of one of the attackers—led police to arrest half a dozen or so suspects today.
"A few people have been arrested and they are being questioned, investigations are going on," Tariq Khiani, the mayor of Rawalpindi, told reporters. "I don't know the exact number of people but it is more than five."
Yesterday, Khiani told Reuters that the investigation was making good progress. "After identifying the accused who was killed in the attack, we have information that the attackers were members either of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad or Harkat-ul-Mujahideen groups," he said. "Or they may be members of splinter or breakaway groups of these banned outfits," he said. "We believe we will track down the remaining two...we are pretty sure we will arrest them."
Other reports put the blame more squarely on Jaish-e-Mohammad. "We are convinced that associates of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a group outlawed by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in January, were behind the grenade attack," an unnamed security official told the Associated Press. Jaish-e-Mohammed (the Army of Muhammad) is also blamed for a December attack on the Indian Parliament.
"Some said they thought there were at least 15 more members, but others said they were not sure of the group's size," reports today's New York Times. "We can't say definitively," Interior Ministry spokesman Iftikhar Ahmed explains.
Earlier reports speculated that the dead attacker, Kamran Mir, had been shot by one of the other two terrorists. Apparently ...1