ISLAMABAD - An owner of a restaurant was traced on Tuesday to be mastermind of the Islamabad court bombing which killed 11 people earlier this month, an intelligence report revealed on Tuesday.
The owner was believed to be hailing from Dera Ismail Khan. However, the ICT police did not confirm or deny the report.
“We got to know about the mastermind of the court bombing through electronic media reports only on Tuesday. Investigations are on and we are confident to get breakthrough soonest,” a spokesperson of Islamabad Capital Territory Police told The Nation late Tuesday night. However, an official source from ICT police confirmed the arrest of the mastermind.
“I think the police have arrested an accused in connection with F-8 court bombing. He might be hailing from DI Khan,” the source told The Nation.
The police has widened the scope of the investigation and started digging out more facts to expose hidden hands behind the blast, he added.
It was a report of intelligence agencies submitted to Federal Interior Ministry, which disclosed that one of the suicide bombers belonged to Lahore.
According to the report, one of the suicide attackers who blew himself up in the F-8 District Court, belonged to Lahore district. Identified as Fidaullah, resident of Lahore district had gone missing from 6 January 2014. The report of intelligence agency quoted his mother as saying that family had lodged an FIR with Iqbal Town, Lahore on January 11, 2014 with regards to disappearance of Fidaullah.
“One of the court suicide bombers earlier this month, was my son. He might have been lured by an owner of a restaurant,” the report quoted Palwasha Khan (mother of the suicide bomber) as saying. The family is based in Lahore. The intelligence report was shared with the Federal Interior Ministry and officers of Islamabad Capital Territory police.
When contacted by this correspondent on Tuesday, one of the investigators confirmed the report and said the police was investigating the matter in the light the report.
He said, the joint investigation team might land in Lahore to interview the mother of the suicide bomber as well.
“The report of investigation agency has been shared with us. We are investigating the matter in the light of this report. We are in touch with the Lahore police as well. The investigation team may travel to Lahore to interview mother of suicide attacker if needed,” said the police officer.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Lahore police confirmed to The Nation that an FIR was lodged in Iqbal Town police station Lahore on January 11, 2014 with regard to disappearance of Fidaullah who had gone missing on 6 January.
Although, the intelligence report mentioned it was an owner of a restaurant who might have lured the young man to blew himself up at the court, yet it was still unclear where did the owner base.