Pakistani Boy Apologizes for Suicide Mission

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The boy has sought forgiveness from his victims in a television interview from his hospital bed.

A Pakistani security official gets information from an injured suicide bomber at a shrine near Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan on Sunday, April 3, 2011. The bomber was wounded when his explosive vest only partially detonated. He was arrested along with a fourth militant.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani boy who took part in a bloody suicide mission on a Sufi shrine has sought forgiveness from his victims in a television interview from his hospital bed.
The boy was arrested shortly after Sunday's attack, which killed at least 44 people at a Sufi shrine in central Pakistan. He was initially unrepentant.
However, in the interview broadcast Friday, he said he is "seeking forgiveness' from the families of those killed and wounded. The boy's arm was amputated as a result of injuries he sustained after he was shot by a guard.
The boy said his name is Omar. Police initially identified him as Fida Hussain and gave his age as 14.
The boy says he spent two months training with militants close to the Afghan border.


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