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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Suicide Bombing At Police Station in Islamibad Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - A powerful explosion Monday evening rattled a Special Branch police station here in what is thought to be a suicide attack, Geo TV reported.
Eyewitnesses said smoke was coming out of the police station, located in the capital’s Sitara Market, after the blast, which was so loud that it shattered windowpanes of the surrounding buildings.

The injured were being shifted to nearby hospitals and the police have cordoned off the area.

The bomber blew himself up when a police guard stopped him at the gate of the police’s special branch, located in the heart of the city, just a few hundred yards away from the headquarters of the premier military Inter-Service Intelligence agency.

‘One policeman died in the explosion while another was critically wounded,’ Interior Secretary Kamal Shah said. Several civilians were also injured.

  • The blast damaged a mosque adjacent to the police office.
  • A witness said the suicide bomber was in his 20s. ‘

He argued with the police guard for quite some time and then detonated himself,’ said Ramzan Ahmad.

Pakistan has seen a series of suicide attacks over the last two years, including several in Islamabad and its adjoining garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Last week, 11 people died in a suicide bombing on a busy street near a bus depot in Rawlapindi and more than a dozen were injured.

‘Both attacks are inter-linked. Their objective is to scare the security personnel,’ Pakistan’s top security official Rehman Malik told reporters at the scene.

The Rest @ GAEA News

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