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DATE=11/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAK / BLASTS (L) NUMBER=2-256073 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Unidentified attackers fired several rockets at American and United Nations facilities in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, Friday -- setting cars on fire and injuring at least one person. As V-O-A's Scott Anger reports, the attacks come two days before a U-N deadline to impose sanctions on neighboring Afghanistan for the Taleban's failure to expel suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. TEXT: No one has claimed responsibility for Friday's spate of rocket attacks. The first occurred at the U- S Information Center in the heart of Islamabad's business district. Other attacks occurred within minutes of each other, near the U-S Embassy, a Pakistan government building and two United Nations buildings in the capital. Bilal Malik says he was near the U-S Information Center when the attack occurred, setting fire to a car parked nearby. ///MALIK ACTUALITY/// Suddenly an explosion happened, the car just blew away - it just burst from a big explosion. ///END ACTUALITY/// A rocket launcher could be seen inside the burned car near the building's protective wall. An official at the center says U-S investigators are on the scene, looking into the attack, which damaged part of the building. There are no reports of damage to the U-S Embassy or the United Nations buildings. Witnesses say two other cars used in the attacks had similar rocket launchers mounted inside. Abdul Rashid says he saw the attack near the United Nations headquarters, in the heart of the city's business district. ///RASHID ACTUALITY/// I saw something like a missile going up to the sky. And suddenly (there was) a very large, strong sound. /// END ACTUALITY /// Neither the U-S nor Pakistani authorities have commented on the attacks. They come two days before U-N Security Council sanctions go into effect against Afghanistan's Taleban movement for not surrendering suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden. The Saudi dissident is living somewhere in Afghanistan, under the Taleban's protection. The imminent sanctions have already caused protests in Taleban-controlled cities in Afghanistan. Taleban leader Mullah Omar has condemned the attacks, saying it is a conspiracy to increase tension between Afghanistan, the United Nations and the United States. Mr. bin Laden is wanted by the United States in connection with attacks on two U-S embassies in East Africa, which killed more than 200 people last year. After the Africa bombings, the United States launched a cruise missile strike against suspected terrorist training camps in the southern part of Afghanistan. Washington has since levied economic sanctions against the Taleban and has led the U-N Security Council's move to do the same. (Signed) NEB/SA/WD/KL 12-Nov-1999 08:44 AM EDT (12-Nov-1999 1344 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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