Forensic report hints at Khorasani Group’s involvement in Lahore park blast

Lahore, April. 6(ANI): The Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) in its first analysis report about the identity of suspected suicide bomber indicated that the Khorasani Group, an offshoot of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was behind the Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park attack in Lahore last month.

At least 70 people were killed and over 300 injured in a powerful bomb blast near the park for the Easter holiday.

The Khorasani Group is said to be most notorious one, since it has leanings towards the Iraq and Syria-based Islamic State (IS) militant group.

The PFSA was engaged by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) after a damaged head of the suspected suicide bomber was found at the blast site.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had after the blast shared a photo of the alleged bomber, claiming responsibility of the attack.

The Counter Terrorism Department had sent the photo to the PFSA for a detailed comparative analysis to reach a conclusion and the analysis was done using forensic image analysis tools and software.

“After performing morphological analysis for forensic image comparison it was concluded that the “ear” seen in the questioned photo matches with the “ear” seen in the reference photo”, the Dawn quoted the Punjab Forensic Science Agency report, as saying.

The report added, “The forensic image comparison was inconclusive for other facial features due to extremely damaged condition of facial features in the questioned photograph”.

The analysis was conducted according to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the agency’s audio visual analysis department.

Meanwhile, a senior police official who was privy to the investigation said the image analysis by the agency helped the detectives to trace the terrorist’s network, report Dawn. He, however ruled that police would not rule out other options till the completion of the investigations. (ANI)

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