Bodies of another US Marine, Danish diplomat identified in Pakistan
Body of a third US Marine and a diplomat belonging to the intelligence wing of Danish Embassy in Islamabad have been identified in a Pakistani hospital. The two had died in the Marriott Hotel bombing but their bodies were mutilated beyond recognition. However, now their bodies have been identified with the help of DNA test.
Investigation authorities have confirmed that two out of the three unidentified bodies still lying in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after the Marriott blast were those of an American and a Danish national.
Talking to The News on the condition of anonymity, sources said the unfortunate victims had been identified as Al Difedericu, an American national, and Karistel Krabbe, a diplomat working with the embassy of Denmark in Islamabad. Some other sources confided to The News that Al Difedericu was a US Marine, thus, bringing the total casualties of the US national in the tragic September 20 blast to three. Two US Marines were already identified. On the other hand, they said, Mr Krabbe belonged to the "Intelligence Wing" of the Danish embassy.
The two US marines, killed in the same attack and identified the same day, were Roeal I Rodriguez and Matthew O'Bryant and the Pentagon confirmed their names after three days of the incident.
The identification of Al Difedericu of the US and Karistel Krabbe of Denmark came following the DNA tests conducted on the bodies, the hospital sources told The News. The tests were conducted by the experts working in the DNA Lab of the Forensic Department, the hospital sources confirmed.
The PIMS sources said both the corpses were badly mutilated and were unidentifiable that made it necessary to carry out the DNA tests for identification. They said the information about the identification had been forwarded to two diplomatic missions in the morning but both the corpses were still lying in the PIMS Morgue as nobody contacted the hospital for taking over the possession of the bodies. When contacted, the US embassy neither confirmed nor denied the information.