PESHAWAR: The 15-year-old held responsible for the attack on Shama Cinema was handed over to police by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday till they complete the investigation.
The boy identified as Hassan was produced before the ATC amid tight security. The investigation officer from Faqirabad police station told the court that on February 11, several people were inside the cinema’s premises when the attackers threw two hand grenades which killed 14 people and injured 21 others.
A few days before the attack on Shama, a similar attack was carried out on Picture House Cinema.
“After these incidents, the police constituted a committee to probe the incidents and go after the people behind the attacks,” said the investigation officer.
“As a result the police arrested Hassan, a resident of Tirah, from Lady Reading Hospital in an injured condition while his accomplice is still in hiding.”
He requested the court to give them custody of the alleged attacker for ten days so they could complete their investigation.
While the court turned down the police’s request for 10-day custody, they agreed to let them keep him for three days.