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Bomb explodes on Musharraf's route from hospital

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2014 at 4:54 am •  Published: April 3, 2014
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb struck along a route used by Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf, going off shortly after he drove by it on his way home from the hospital, a police official and the former ruler's spokeswoman said Thursday.

Musharraf was not harmed in the explosion and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

The Pakistani general had survived multiple assassination attempts while he was in office. When he returned to the country last year, the Pakistani Taliban vowed to kill him.

In the latest attack, Musharraf was traveling from the military hospital in Rawalpindi where he's been treated since January to his house in the capital of Islamabad when the blast went off early Thursday, said police official Mohammed Hayat.

Musharraf's convoy had crossed a bridge entering the capital when the bomb exploded shortly after, Hayat said. He said the blast was caused by 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of explosives, adding that it was not clear whether it was a remote control or time device.

Hayat said Musharraf appeared to be the target of the blast but it was not immediately clear how far his vehicle was from the explosion.

Musharraf's spokeswoman, Aasia Ishaq, said the retired general was already at home when the blast went off and that he was fine. An aide to Musharraf who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the convoy had left the hospital about 20 minutes earlier than planned.

Ishaq said it was up to the authorities to make sure nothing happens to him.

"All extremist and terrorist forces want to kill Musharraf," said the spokeswoman. "If anything happens to Musharraf, the government will be responsible."

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