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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indian Police Release Sketches of Suspects

NEW DELHI -- India released sketches Tuesday of two suspects in the bombing of a train to Pakistan that killed 68 people, as Pakistan's foreign minister visited victims and said the rivals urgently needed to improve ties.

Both countries have condemned the attack and said it should not undermine a slow-moving peace process.

"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," Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri told reporters at a New Delhi hospital.

Similar sentiments were expressed by his Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee, when he visited around a dozen injured people at the same hospital earlier Tuesday and talked of the need to "show our determination" in the peace process.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will meet for formal talks Wednesday, part of a peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals that began in 2004 but has made limited progress since then.

Earlier, Indian police announced the first leads in their investigations into the attack on the train heading from New Delhi to the Pakistani city of Lahore, with sketches of two men who jumped off the train before the bombs exploded on Sunday night.

The suspects left the train at around 11:30 p.m., and the blasts occurred 15 minutes later, Indian police Inspector-General Sharad Kumar told a televised news conference in Panipat, a town close to the site of the blasts, about 80 kilometers outside New Delhi.

One of the suspects was around 35 or 36 years old, "plumpish" and dark, with a moustache, the second around 26 or 27, wearing a scarf wrapped around his head. Both were speaking the local Hindi dialect.

The men had an argument with railway police earlier in the journey and had claimed they had wanted to go to the western city of Ahmedabad, police said. They were told the train did not go there and were asked to get off.

"After the argument, when the train slowed down, they walked off," said Bharti Arora, a senior railway police officer.

While the train attack occurred in India, the majority of the victims on the Samjhauta Express were Pakistanis.

The suitcases were packed with plastic bottles of kerosene and gasoline, mixed with strips of cloth to prolong the blaze.

Two other bombs were planted on the train but failed to explode.

Kumar said the attack was the work of at least four or five people, and said a militant outfit must have been behind it. Police were still questioning Pakistani national Usman Mohammed, who claims to have thrown one of the suitcases off the train.