Police issue bomb suspect sketches

Police in India have released images of two men believed to have left a Pakistan-bound train before two bombs exploded, sparking a fire that killed 68 people.

Police issue bomb suspect sketches

"Around 11:30pm, these people got down, and the blasts happened 15 minutes later," Sharad Kumar, police inspector-general, told a news conference at Panipat, near the scene of the fire.

 

He said one of the men was around 35 or 36 years old, plumpish and dark, with a moustache. Kumar said the second was aged about 26 or 27, and wore a scarf around his head.

 

Both men were speaking the local Hindi language, he said.

 

"This is the statement of one of the eyewitnesses... On the basis of the witness we have made portraits of the suspects, of these two people," Kumar said.

 

Man questioned

 

On Monday, two bombs in suitcases exploded on the packed Samjhauta Express train connecting New Delhi to the northern Pakistani city of Lahore, sparking the deadly fire.

 

The suitcases contained bottles of kerosene and petrol, mixed with cloth to prolong the blaze.

 

Two other bombs were planted on the train but failed to explode.

 

The attack appeared to be an attempt to undermine a peace process between the two countries.

 

Kumar said police were also questioning a Pakistani national whose name he gave as Usman Mohammed, who claims to have thrown one of the suitcases off the train.

 

"The suitcase was thrown on the track," he said. "Usman was there and said he had thrown it. We are verifying it. We are not giving a clean chit [bill]. He was drunk."

 

Condemnation

 

Both countries have condemned the attacks. Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, Pakistan's foreign minister, was due to arrive in India later on Tuesday for scheduled peace talks.

 

While the attack occurred in India, the majority of the victims on the Samjhauta Express were Pakistanis.

 

There were 67 bodies at the mortuary in Panipat, many burnt beyond recognition. One other person died in a New Delhi hospital overnight, officials said.

 

About a dozen people were also injured in the attack.

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