Bomb explodes on General Musharraf route, Pak President "safe"
Islamabad, Dec 14, IRNA - A bomb exploded in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Sunday minutes after President General Musharraf crossed a bridge, a military spokesman said. The spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said the blast occurred few minutes after General Musharraf`s cavalcade crossed "safely". He said no loss of life and property is reported, but the blast caused some damage to the bridge. He said the area has been cordoned off and the traffic diverted. The bomb disposal squad, police and troops have rushed to the site. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters that the blast took place one or two minutes after President Musharraf crossed the area. He said investigations are going on adding that no one has been apprehended yet. "General Musharraf`s condition was normal after the incident," Rashid said after talking on phone to the Pakistani President. A witness Irafan Mirza said that he heard the explosion while his car was in the front row of the procession when the police stopped the traffic to facilitate the president`s cavalcade to pass. "As the cavalcade crossed the blast exploded near the bridge," Mirza said. He said he saw black smoke in the sky after the blast. TSH/NB/210 END
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