Karachi: Pakistani police released a photograph of the reconstructed face of the second man suspected to have been involved in a suicide attack on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto that killed about 140 people, police said yesterday.
A photograph of the head of the first suspect was released a day after the attack on Bhutto's procession in Karachi on October 19, following her return from eight years of self-imposed exile.
Police are unsure whether there was one or two suicide bombers. Initially, they had thought the first blast was caused by a grenade.
A week after the devastating blasts neither of the suspects have been identified from the photographs circulated.
Typically, the upward force of the blast from explosives packed in a suicide vest causes a bomber's head to be blown off.
The latest photo released late on Thursday showed a badly damaged head of a man with a trimmed beard and moustache. The face was scraped. The eyes and forehead appeared badly damaged.
Police have detained some people for questioning, but it is unclear whether this was based on any definite evidence or was part of a sweep in the hope of unearthing a lead.
"The police have detained some people. I cannot comment on the number of people detained or their affiliation," Waseem Akhtar, an adviser to the provincial government in Sindh, said yesterday. The investigation has been mired in controversy.
On Thursday, a new chief investigating officer began familiarising himself with the findings so far, after the first officer withdrew following complaints from Bhutto that he had been present during the torture of her husband while he was in custody in 2000.
Bhutto's supporters have been highly critical of the way the crime scene was handled after the attack, and their leader has asked for foreign experts to be brought in to help the investigation - which President Pervez Musharraf has refused.
Government officials have said the attack was mounted by Islamist militants from tribal areas on the Afghan border that have become strongholds for Al Qaida and Taliban fighters.
Bhutto has said she believes senior members of the Pakistani establishment were plotting against her, adding she did not believe Musharraf was involved at any level.
Her statements have provoked angry reactions from Musharraf's allies in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, raising doubts about whether the PML could ever agree to an alliance with Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Musharraf granted an amnesty earlier this month that allowed Bhutto to return free of fear of prosecution for corruption.