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Musharraf says he was target of bomb attack

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 15, IRNA -- Pakistani President General Pervez 
Musharraf has said he was the target of a bomb attack on Sunday. 
Musharraf escaped a terrorist attack in the city of Rawalpindi 
Sunday evening when a powerful explosion damaged a bridge shortly 
after his car had crossed it. 
"It was certainly a terrorist attack and I was targeted but I am 
used to it," General Musharraf told the state-run PTV channel. 
He described the blast as a terrorist attack, adding that the bomb
exploded only seconds after he crossed the Ammar Chowk bridge in 
Rawalpindi. 
"I faced such attacks before and I believe in God who gives or 
takes life." 
Asked what his message to those who were behind this attempt was, 
he said, "They were religious extremists who are a disgrace to the 
nation and religion, but I will fight them and they are no threat." 
General Musharraf attended a wedding ceremony in Islamabad after 
the blast. 
He said the blast occurred some 30 seconds after he passed the 
bridge, adding that he felt the tremor and thought there was a blast. 
He said the explosives are believed to be fixed with the bridge. 
"Pakistan faces no external threat but the country faces danger 
from within," he added. 
Reports said the police have arrested several people, including 
policemen on duty, in connection with the blast. 
The government has not yet directly blamed anyone for the attack 
and no one has claimed responsibility of the attack. 
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