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Bomb explodes in park near Pakistani president's house, no one hurt

Bomb explodes in park near Pakistani president's house, no one hurt

A bomb exploded in a public park not far from the residence of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, but no one was injured, officials said.
Security forces cordoned off the Ayub Park, site of the blast that went off around 9:30 p.m. (1630 GMT) Wednesday in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The park is located about two kilometers (1.3 miles) from Musharraf's army residence and about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the capital of Islamabad. Other senior army officers are housed in the area.
A government statement said a search party found "some explosive material" in the park. It said the blast caused no damage or loss of life.
At least 10 armed policemen were guarding the park's main gate and four police pickup trucks were parked nearby. About a half-dozen soldiers were also standing near the gate, an Associated Press photographer at the scene said.
Police forced journalists away from the park's entrance. Four ambulances drove out of the park but none was carrying any casualties. Mohammed Azhar, a police control officer in Rawalpindi, said there were no reports of injuries.
A senior army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment to the media, said bomb disposal experts were examining the remains of the explosive device and combing the area for any others.
The official dismissed any suggestion Musharraf was targeted, citing the distance from his residence.
Musharraf, who seized power in 1999 in a bloodless coup, has escaped at least two bombings that happened days apart in December 2003 in Rawalpindi. In one, suicide attackers tried to ram his motorcade with explosives-laden vehicles. The president was unhurt but 16 others died.


Updated : 2021-03-01 03:42 GMT+08:00