Assassination attempt on Pakistan's Musharraf

Thursday 03 April 2014 21.59
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Pakistani policemen roll barricade tape at the site of the bomb explosion
Pakistani policemen roll barricade tape at the site of the bomb explosion
It was the fourth attempt on the ex-general's life
It was the fourth attempt on the ex-general's life

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass.

The bomb was planted on Mr Musharraf's route from an army hospital where he has been staying since January to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Nobody was injured and there have so far been no claims of responsibility. 

"Four kilograms of explosive device planted in a pipeline under a bridge exploded around 20 minutes before the former president was supposed to cross the spot," senior police official Liaqat Niazi said.

He said the former president was taken home via an alternative route.

Muhammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Islamabad police, confirmed the incident, saying a bomb disposal squad had cleared the area after the blast. 

"Nobody was injured in the blast," he said, adding Mr Musharraf was the intended target.

Mr Musharraf led Pakistan from 1999 to 2008.

He returned from self-imposed exile in March last year to fight in general elections, but he was barred from taking part and has faced a series of legal cases including treason.

The Taliban also vowed to send a squad of suicide bombers to kill him, and security threats have prevented him from appearing at all but two of his treason hearings.

It was the fourth attempt on the ex-general's life, with the first three occurring while he was in office.