KARACHI: Investigators probing the Thursday blasts at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine have established the identity of one of the suicide bombers who had carried out the twin bombing that killed nine people.
Well-placed sources in the Federal Investigation Agency told Dawn that the bomber, who hailed from Waziristan, was identified with the help of the National Database Registration Authority’s record.
They said that Nadra record showed that the fingerprints that had been taken from the remains of a suicide bomber by the investigators matched with that of Badshah Khan, a resident of Waziristan.
They said that it was for the very first time that a suicide bomber was identified with the help of the fingerprints record of Nadra.
The sources said that in fact the investigators established the identity of the suicide bomber the next day of the twin blasts. Due to the positive identification, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had given a statement the very next day of the twin bombings. He had told the National Assembly that the Karachi shrine attacks had been found to have links with South Waziristan because a dead suicide bomber had been identified as the member of the Mehsud tribe.
The remains of the two suicide bombers were in relatively better condition with identifiable features of faces and hands.
The investigators said that Badshah Khan blew himself up at the stairs of the shrine after the first blast. The first blast was carried out by a younger suicide bomber, presumed to be of 12 to 13 years, and his remains were yet to be identified, the added. The fingerprints of the younger suicide bomber were also given to Nadra but the same were not matched, the sources said.
The investigators told Dawn that the twin bombings took place with an interval of 40 seconds.
“Actually the first blast was meant to create panic among the devotees who might have run towards the exit gates and in the meantime the second bomber was to sneak inside the shrine where he could have blown himself. However, following the first blast the shrine administration immediately closed the inner entrance forcing the second suicide bomber to explode at the stairs”, an investigator said.
The investigators ruled out any ambiguity about the nature of the suicide blasts since they had found two striker sleeves from the crime-scene.