Pakistan: Suicide bomb attack on anti-terror police

At least nine people were injured when an explosives-laden vehicle rammed into an anti-terrorist squad building in the Pakistani capital today.

Islamabad police official Mohammed Sadiq said: “It seems to be a suicide attack.”

The attack occurred as politicians gathered at parliament for a closed-door security briefing.

The capital has been under tight security because of the private session, and it was unclear how the attacker might have struck the building in the Police Lines neighbourhood of the city.

Ambulances streamed into the smoke-filled area. The red-brick building’s facade was destroyed and a staircase collapsed. Shoes were strewn among the rubble.

Police officer Suhail Iqbal said the building housed an anti-terror squad and that it was inside a heavily-guarded police complex.

Pakistan has experienced a wave of militant violence in recent months. Much of it has been in the north west regions bordering Afghanistan, but the insurgents have shown they can reach further.

On September 20, a suicide truck bombing of the Marriott Hotel killed 54 in the city.


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