Pakistani boy apologizes for suicide mission

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 8:29 AM
Pakistani boy apologizes for suicide mission

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.