Jan 21, 2008

2 Arrested in Bhutto Assassination Plot

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A 15-year-old detained near the Afghan border has confessed to joining a team of assassins sent to kill Benazir Bhutto, officials said Saturday, announcing the first arrests in the case since the attack that killed the opposition leader.
Police also announced they had foiled new suicide attacks against the country's Shiite minority.
Interior Secretary Kamal Shah confirmed the arrest of two people in the town of Dera Ismail Khan in North West Frontier province, and said one — a teenage boy — had confessed involvement in the Dec. 27 attack that killed Bhutto. He said interrogators were trying to get corroborating testimony from the other detainee before accepting the confession.
The boy and the five other suspects were arrested near Dera Ismail Khan, a border town 170 miles southwest of the capital city of Islamabad, according to investigators.

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The boy said the slaying was organized by Mehsud, who has previously denied any involvement in the attack, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
Authorities say the boy received terrorist training in neighboring Afghanistan before taking part in the mission.
A 15-year old boy? How sad is that, a child trained in how to be a terrorist.

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