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Baby charged with attempted murder goes into hiding

Nine-month-old Musa Khan, charged with attempted murder in Pakistan. Credit: Reuters

A Pakistani infant who appeared in court after authorities accused the nine-month-old boy, along with other members of his family, of attempted murder on police personnel in Lahore has gone into hiding.

Nine-month-old Mohammad Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore last week charged with attempted murder alongside his father and grandfather after a mob protesting against gas cuts and price increases stoned police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills.

The boy's grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, told Reuters that he had sent him to Faisalabad - a city in central Pakistan - for protection.

Musa's tiny hand was fingerprinted by Lahore police. Credit: Reuters

"He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?" Yasin asked journalists at the court last Thursday.