Facial reconstruction of Karachi suicide bomber undertaken

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Islamabad, Oct 20 (UNI) Experts began facial reconstruction of the suicide bomber whose severed head was found from the site of Thursday's twin blasts that rocked former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's procession in Karachi killing at least 140 people.

Finger-prints obtained from the forearms believed to have been blown-off from the bomber's body were sent to the National Database and Registration Authority, Dawn newspaper reported.

DNA tests on body parts obtained from the blast site have also been recommended.

The first blast was caused by a Russian-made hand-grenade and aimed at breaching the security cordon around the specially-built bullet-proof vehicle the PPP chairperson and other party leaders, DIG Investigation Manzoor Mughal said, adding that the second blast took place seconds later.

A high-ranking police official told the newspaper that the bullet-proof vehicle of the PPP leader was stationary when the suicide bomber struck but Ms Bhutto was immediately whisked away in a bullet-proof jeep.

Five policemen sitting in a van close to the blast, while 27 other policemen were injured. They were part of Ms Bhutto's security cordon.

RDX used in military and industrial applications was employed in the suicide attack on the PPP leader. The device contained all-bearings and pellets which increased its lethality, leading to a higher toll and leaving nearby vehicles pock-marked.


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