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Suspects In Deadly Peshawar Bombing Arrested

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

A Pakistani man runs past burning vehicles at the site of a bomb explosion in the busy Kissa Khwani market in Peshawar on September 29.

A Pakistani man runs past burning vehicles at the site of a bomb explosion in the busy Kissa Khwani market in Peshawar on September 29.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Police in Pakistan's restive northern city of Peshawar say they have arrested four men suspected of involvement in a September 29 market bombing that killed at least 40 people.

Police said on October 29 that the four alleged militants -- including the suspected mastermind of the attack -- were apprehended on the outskirts of Peshawar following a gunbattle late the previous day.

A week before the attack on the Qissa Khwani market in Peshawar, a twin suicide bombing killed more than 80 Christians in a nearby church.

Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, lies on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas, labeled by the U.S. government as the main sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The recent attacks took place as the government looks to open peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
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