A suicide bomb attack has killed at least seven people and injured 11 near Pakistans army headquarters, in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. Officials said the blast occured about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away from a secure compound containing the army HQ and President Pervez Musharraf’s office.
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 millitants.
No group has said it carried out the latest bombing. The location of the explosion was a police check-point. A man had approached the checkpoint on foot and detonated his explosives, a goverment spokesman said
Our policemen challeged the attacker who expploded himslf near their picket- he was on foot. Two policemen and two paramilitary soldiers were among those killed by the explsion, along with the suspected bomber. The dead and injured included passers-by.
Musharraf was safe inside his headquarters in Army House discussing the security situation with senior officials when the bomb went off, according to presidential spokesman, Rashoid Qureshi.