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Explosion heard in public park near Pakistani president's house

Explosion heard in public park near Pakistani president's house

An explosion was heard in a public park not far from the residence of Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and the cause was unclear.
Police and other security forces have cordoned off the Ayub Park, site of the reported blast, in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, a senior army official said on condition of anonymity because he lacked the authority to make formal media comments.
The park is located in a military cantonment, about a kilometer (half a mile) from Musharraf's residence and about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the capital Islamabad. Other senior army officers are housed in the area.
At least 10 armed policemen were guarding the park's main gate and four police pickup trucks were parked nearby. About half a dozen army soldiers were also standing near the gate, an Associated Press photographer said.
Mohammed Azhar, a police control officer in Rawalpindi, said that there were no reports of injuries from the explosion and its cause was unclear.
"Whatever that has happened, it was inside the park," Azhar said.


Updated : 2020-12-04 22:44 GMT+08:00