Police arrest suspected Peshawar plane attacker

PESHAWAR – Anti-terrorism force on Friday claimed to have arrested the mastermind of the attack on Bacha Khan International airport in Peshawar in June last year.

“Noor Muhammad, a resident of Nowshera, was taken into custody from Ring Road, Peshawar. After initial interrogation the accused confessed to firing at Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-756 from Riyadh to Peshawar on June 25, 2014,” a statement from CTD stated. “The accused was a member of a banned terrorist outfit,” CTD officials said. However, they refused to name the outfit. “We have evidence that the suspect was not only involved in collecting extortion money but in target killings of security personnel as well,” the officials added.

Further, the statement said the accused will be handed over to Badhaber Police Station where an FIR was registered against unidentified culprits last year after the firing incident occurred. On June 24, gunmen fired on Pakistan International Airlines flight as it was landing at the Bacha Khan International Airport, killing a woman and injuring two stewards onboard.

An FIR has been registered in Badabair Police Station against the shooter, police said. PK-756 was coming from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Peshawar with 196 passengers on board when it was attacked by unidentified gunmen on June 24, while landing at the airport, killing a woman and injuring two flight stewards on board. Airline officials said the gunmen had aimed specifically at the highly flammable fuel tank as they sought to blow up the aircraft, as well as the cockpit, to kill the pilot.

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