A suicide bomber on Sunday, July 6 evening ripped through a police contingent at Melody Chowk, killing at least 20 people, including 16 personnel of Islamabad and the Punjab police and injured more than 53 people, including 30 cops. The investigators recovered fingers, including thumb, of the attacker that would assist in his identification, local media reports today said. The suicide bomber struck the police group from behind with all police personnel sustaining injuries on their back.
"Certainly, the attacker was waiting in a tea bar for a suitable time to strike," officials said.
"The terrorist used six to eight kilogramme power explosives material and it was a locally-made device," an explosives expert said, adding small pallets were used in the explosive belt.
"The face of the suicide attacker is 50 per cent safe but it can be refaced easily," a source said, adding lips were intact but eyes have blown out. The skull and hair were not damaged, he said.
Cranium of the suicide bomber has been sent for DNA test and his fingers to national database registration authority for his identification.
According to security personnel, the investigation agencies were also reviewing list of those persons who met former Lal Mosque administrator Maulana Abdul Aziz in jail during the last three weeks.
"All witnesses say that a 15 or 16-year-old boy, who had a light beard and wore a white Shalwar Kameez ... he came walking toward our police and blasted himself," interior ministry chief Rehman Malik said.
Malik had also initially said authorities found the "upper part" of the attacker's body, but later he said two torsos found were identified as belonging to police. Malik also said that components of a suicide jacket and two severed human legs were recovered.