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Pakistan blast site probe begins

Investigators at the scene of the blast
Investigators say they will leave no stone unturned

Investigators in Pakistan are searching for clues a day after a car bomb attack killed at least six people near the Danish embassy in Islamabad.

A team of federal officials is sifting through debris at the scene of Monday's blast in the capital, officials say.

It is still not clear who carried out the attack, as Pakistan's main militant group recently declared a ceasefire.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which some officials suspect might be the work of al-Qaeda.

Correspondents say that just a few weeks before the attack, al-Qaeda threatened Denmark over caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed which were published in the country.

'Fake licence'

"We are just trying to find any clue, any evidence," federal investigator Muhammad Mustafa told the Associated Press news agency.

"You know yesterday it was panic here. Usually we miss important things in panic."

Officials are trying to find out if the bomb, which also wounded at least 30 people, was a suicide attack.

Senior police officer Ahmed Latif said the attacker apparently used a fake diplomatic licence plate to get the car near the embassy and they were looking at security video footage.

Scene of blast
The blast damaged the embassy and nearby vehicles

Police say that samples have been sent to a laboratory to determine what type of explosive was used.

The bomb went off in an upmarket residential neighbourhood, leaving a three-foot (one-metre) crater in the road and damaging many nearby houses.

Monday's bombing followed a relative lull in militant attacks since a new government came to power after February elections pledging to negotiate an end to violence.

Pakistan's top Taleban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is in peace talks with the authorities in an attempt to end fighting in the country's north-west.

Other militant factions - accused of being involved in similar attacks in the past - have also recently engaged in talks with the government.

The cartoons, deemed offensive to Islam, led to worldwide protests when they were first printed in September 2005.

The BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says suspicion for the attack has fallen on al-Qaeda, as the network's number two, Ayman al-Zawahri, denounced the cartoons in a recent video.

But there are a number of militant groups with bases in Pakistan which are linked to insurgencies in Afghanistan and in Indian-administered-Kashmir - and many have a history of carrying out sectarian attacks directed at Western missions and diplomats.

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