An alleged militant accused of trying to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has escaped from custody, the authorities say. Mushtaq Ahmed was being held by air force police in the city of Rawalpindi. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said he was a key suspect in the failed attempt on the president’s life on 14 December 2003. The president survived two attacks within days of each other, both on the road between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He has been a target for Islamic militants since joining the US-led “war on terror” following the attacks of 11 September 2001. The BBC’s Zaffar Abbas in Islamabad says the escape of a man regarded as a prime suspect in the attacks is a huge embarrassment for the authorities. Full Story
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