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Pakistan seeks clues in Musharraf attempt

From Ash-har Quraishi
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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf addresses a committee Thursday night after an assassination attempt on him hours earlier.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf addresses a committee Thursday night after an assassination attempt on him hours earlier.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- There were conflicting reports Friday on whether the Pakistani government was making progress in determining who attempted to kill President Pervez Musharraf.

Under pressure after a second assassination attempt against Musharraf in 12 days, Interior Minister Faysal Saleh Hayat told the Pakistani Senate on Friday that one of two suicide bombers had been identified.

But later Pakistan's information minister said officials had recovered the head of one of the bombers but hadn't determined his identity.

Additionally, Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, spokesman for the Pakistani army, said body parts had been found, but he said there was no information leading "to any single individual, group or agency."

Sultan said the government did not know if militant groups, terrorist networks such as al Qaeda or "some foreign hand" was behind the assassination attempts.

Pakistani officials said two suicide bombers attacked the president's convoy on Thursday as it moved from Islamabad to Musharraf's home in Rawalpindi.

The bombers blew up the vans they were driving -- one at the front of Musharraf's convoy and one at the rear. At least 15 people died in the attack, and 46 were wounded.

Musharraf, who was unharmed, later appeared on national television and blamed extremists for the attack. His government has cracked down on Islamic militant groups, outlawing six of them last month.

Musharraf said his resolve to fight terrorism has only grown stronger following the assassination attempts.

On December 14, a blast rocked a bridge in Rawalpindi about a minute after Musharraf's motorcade passed over it.


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