ISLAMABAD: Four suspects in the suicide
attack on Islamabad's Marriott hotel were sent back to jail by
an anti-terrorism court to await charges likely to be brought
later this month, police said after a hearing ended on Tuesday.
Fifty-five people were killed when an explosive-packed
truck blew up outside the hotel in the heart of the capital in
an attack on Sept. 20 that authorities suspected was carried
out by Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda.
The four men, including a doctor and a lawyer, were first
brought to court in late October, having been arrested at
different locations earlier that month.
Handcuffed and chained to policemen with their faces
covered with hoods, the suspects were not allowed to speak to
any one during Tuesday's hearing.
“We have completed our investigation and the court has now
sent the four men to jail on judicial remand,” senior police
officer Altaf Ali Khattak said.
Another police official said the suspects would reappear in
court on Nov. 18, when they are likely to be charged.
Security in Pakistan has deteriorated sharply over recent
months, raising concerns about the stability of the
nuclear-armed U.S. ally.
The military has launched offensives in tribal regions in
the northwest. Militants have retaliated with attacks,
including suicide bombings, in cities.
On Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed a soldier and wounded
nine in an attack in the northwestern town of Doaba.