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Bhutto killer's sketch out

The bomber is believed to be a man in his early twenties with a dark brown complexion. He had a slight beard and two moles on his left cheek.

world Updated: Jan 13, 2008 03:09 IST

Pakistani police have released a photo of the badly mangled face of the suspected bomber who killed 26 people in a suicide bombing here and announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for information on terrorists involved in the attack.



The photo showed the left side of the bomber's surgically reconstructed face, which was bloated almost beyond recognition.



The bomber is believed to be a man in his early twenties with a dark brown complexion. He had a slight beard and two moles on his left cheek.



An advertisement issued by the Home Department of Punjab province offered a reward of Rs 25 lakh for "any information about the identity of the terrorist and his collaborators".



The suicide bomber blew himself up near a police picket outside the Lahore High Court on January 10, killing 22 policemen and four passers-by. The policemen had been deployed in the area ahead of a planned protest by lawyers.



The attacker was armed with a suicide jacket packed with almost 14 kg of explosives and three kilograms of ball bearings. Police officials said this was much more than the amount of explosives usually used in suicide attacks.



Policemen found a charred finger some 115 feet from the site of the blast with the help of a sniffer dog, and this has been sent for DNA tests to ascertain if it matched with the severed head of the suspected bomber.



As police were not satisfied with the reconstruction of the bomber's face at the King Edward Medical College, they have hired a student of the National College of Arts to prepare a sketch with information provided by eyewitnesses.



Meanwhile, the Pakistan government on Saturday rejected a demand from slain former premier Benazir Bhutto's party for a UN-led inquiry into her assassination, saying there was "no point" in seeking such a probe by the world body.



President Pervez Musharraf's spokesman Maj Gen (retired) Rashid Qureshi said there was "no point" in demanding a UN probe into the death of Bhutto as the matter "did not fit the standards for such an investigation".



He said: "Such a probe is more appropriate in cases where two or more countries are involved."



The PPP had on Thursday given the government 48 hours to forward to the UN its draft petition seeking a probe into Bhutto's assassination on the lines of the world body's inquiry into the killing of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.



The party has said it will send the petition to the UN on its own if the government did not forward it. The PPP has also formed three delegations to lobby the European Union, the US administration and the UN for an international probe into Bhutto's killing in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi on December 27.