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Deadly blast near Pakistan army HQ
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 : Musharraf reported safe but several people killed in Rawalpindi suicide attack.
Body parts lay on the road near the wall of the joint chiefs of staff chairman's residence [AFP]
A suicide attack has killed at least seven people, including the bomber, less than a kilometre from Pervez Musharraf's army headquarters in Rawalpindi, police say. Three policemen and three passers-by were among those killed, while 11 people were wounded in Tuesday's blast, Saud Aziz, the city police chief, said.
The policemen were manning a checkpoint on a road leading to the army headquarters. "Our policeman challenged the attacker who exploded himself near their picket," Aziz said. "The police were the target."
Tariq Azim Khan, deputy information minister, said General Musharraf was safely in his office some 2km away at the time of the blast. A Reuters journalist saw body parts on the road near a perimeter wall of the residence of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Tariq Majid. Earlier, Al Jazeera's correspondent Nadim Baba, speaking from Islamabad, described the blast as very powerful and said two of the dead were policemen.
Musharraf has survived at least three assassination attempts - two in December 2003, and one in July as his aircraft took off from Rawalpindi's airport.Read More
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 : At least seven people are killed in a suicide attack near an army base containing President Musharraf's office.
General Musharraf was in his office at the time of the attack, but was unhurt.
The attack follows a number of recent bombings in Pakistan, which have been blamed on Islamic militants.
No group has said it carried out the latest bombing. The location of the explosion was a police checkpoint.
A man had approached the checkpoint on foot and detonated his explosives, a government spokesman said.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 : A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday near the office of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and the nation's military headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police said. Presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi said Musharraf was safe inside Army House at the time.
Mohammed Saeed, a city police official, said a lone suicide bomber approached a police checkpoint on foot on a main road in the city and blew himself up.
Two police officers were among the five people killed. The wounded included women and children who were passing by in a small bus.
There was no claim of responsibility. However, Pakistan has been rocked by a string of suicide attacks mostly blamed on Islamic militants battling security forces near the Afghan border.
A suicide attack on the homecoming parade of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Oct. 18 in the southern city of Karachi killed more than 140 people.
In Rawalpindi, a garrison city just south of the capital Islamabad, two blasts on Sept. 4 killed 25 people and wounded more than 60, many of them on a Defense Ministry bus.
Last week, Pakistan deployed paramilitary forces to tackle militant supporters of a pro-Taliban cleric in the northwestern district of Swat. Officials say four days of violence in the once-peaceful mountain region has left around 100 people dead, most of them militants.Listen Online