Young woman among church bombers, investigators claim

PESHAWAR: Investigators investigating into Sunday’s twin suicide attacks on a church in Peshawar claimed that one of the two attackers was a young woman.

Officials claimed that a woman, aged between 20 to 25 years, carried out second suicide attack soon after a male bomber blew himself up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church –All Saints Church – after Sunday Mass in Peshawar.

Her body parts have been recovered from the blast site, the investigators revealed.

The blasts claimed over 80 lives with nearly 150 injured. There were around five to six hundred people inside the Church at the time of explosions.

A four-member committee, constituted to investigate the attack, visited the blast site here today and reviewed evidences collected from the site.

The committee, headed by SSP Investigation Peshawar, prepared an initial report of the incident on Monday, stating that at least 16 kilogram explosives were used in these blasts.

They said head of one of the two suicide bombers and been found which would be sent to Lahore for the D.N.A test.

The attack came on the day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for US to attend the 68th session of U.N. General Assembly in New York. He will address the meeting on Friday.

The Prime Minister said that he himself and the entire nation are shocked over the brutality of this incident‚ which not only amounts to murder of our Christian brothers‚ sisters and children but it amounts to killing a nation.

The Prime Minister assured that the federal government stands by the provincial government in this hour of grief and sorrow.

Security has been beefed up at churches across the country as protests against the carnage are underway in different cities.