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Pakistan Arrests 4 In Mosque Bombing

December 25, 2007

By Imtiaz Ali
Special to the Washington Post
Sunday, December 23, 2007

MARDAN, Pakistan, Dec. 22 — A day after a suicide bomber killed at least 56 people and wounded scores of others at a mosque in a remote village in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, police said they had arrested four students from an Islamic school in a nearby town.

Police detained three Afghans from Helmand province and one Pakistani from Quetta on Friday and transferred them to Pakistani intelligence officials as part of the investigation of the bombing, according to a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the case. |

A Pakistani intelligence official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed earlier assumptions that the still-unidentified bomber targeted former interior minister Aftab Khan Sherpao, an ally of President Pervez Musharraf. Sherpao is also a candidate in Jan. 8 parliamentary elections.

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