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Indian police release sketches of bomb suspects

Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:14PM EST
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By Simon Denyer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India released sketches on Tuesday of two suspects in the bombing of a train to Pakistan that killed 68 people and both countries vowed not to let the attack disrupt a slow-moving peace process.

Police said the suitcase bombs were the work of at least four or five people and a militant outfit must have been responsible for Sunday night's attack.

"Incidents like these which are very heart-rending and which affect both countries and both peoples can only add to the urgency of the need for cooperation," Pakistan Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri told reporters at a New Delhi hospital.

"It is an act of terror designed to interfere and disrupt the peace process between India and Pakistan," said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visited the same hospital later.

"The best tribute that we can pay to these passengers ... is to remain steadfast in our commitment to normalize relations between our two countries."

Kasuri will hold talks with his Indian counterpart on Wednesday, part of a peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals that began in 2004 but has made limited progress. He is also due to meet Singh.

Indian police investigating the attack on the train heading from New Delhi to Lahore released sketches of two men who jumped off the train before the blasts.  Continued...

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