Head of suicide bomber found

May 31, 2004 at 6:20 PM
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 31 (UPI) -- The head of one of the suicide bombers who attempted to kill Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf last Christmas Day has been recovered.

The severed head, recovered with facial features intact, belonged to Mohammed Jamil, a captain in the Pakistani army.

Jamil was one of several hundred Pakistani regulars serving with the Taliban prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

He was one of several Pakistani prisoners repatriated by the Karzai government under an agreement reached with Musharraf. He was detained and interrogated by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency. He had become a convert to the jihadi (holy war) cause and ISI gave him a clean bill of political health.

Jamil then joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad and volunteered for the suicide bombing designed to kill Musharraf Dec. 25, 2003. The plan involved two vehicles laden with explosives that were to dart out of a gas station and ram Musharraf's motorcade. The first vehicle blew up the first car in the presidential convoy, which slowed down the others. Then Jamil, driving a mini van, was to hit Musharraf's limousine with a direct impact.

Unknown to the plotters, the president's security reversed courses between Rawalpindi, where he had then lived at Army House, and Islamabad. The plotters stuck to their plan and their vehicles had to drive over the median in the road, which somehow reduced the impact of the explosions. Musharraf sustained minor cuts from broken glass.

The two suicide bombers were killed instantly as were a dozen bystanders.

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