Musharraf escapes explosion near Pakistan's capital Islamabad

Pakistan's former president escaped an explosion shortly after his security convoy passed.

Musharraf escapes explosion near Pakistan's capital Islamabad

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistan's former President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday survived a powerful explosion that hit a bridge moments after his security convoy passed by, police said.

No casualties were reported in the blast that caused a foot-deep hole in the bridge.

A senior police official, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency that the blast was apparently an attempt to target Musharraf, who was being transferred from a military hospital to his farmhouse in the suburbs of the capital Islamabad.

Five to six kilograms of explosives planted in a pipeline were detonated shortly after his convoy passed by the Faizabad bridge, which separates Islamabad and neighboring garrison city Rawalpindi, the police official said.

This was the fourth reported failed attempt on Musharraf since the beginning of his trial for high treason on December 24.

The former army commando, who is being tried for unconstitutionally imposing a state of emergency in November 2007 and placing high and supreme court judges under house arrest, has faced death threats from the Taliban.

Musharraf had also escaped two suicide attacks in Rawalpindi in 2004, which caused a number of casualties.

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