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3 policemen among 7 detained following attack on Musharraf

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 15, IRNA -- Seven people including three policemen have
been arrested in connection with the bomb explosion, of which the 
Pakistani president said he was the target, reports said on Monday. 
The explosive, connected with a bridge in the city of Rawalpindi, 
detonated half a minute after the motorcade of President General 
Pervez Musharraf crossed the bridge. 
The authorities are interrogating the arrested persons. 
President Musharraf was heading to the Army House after returning 
from a visit to the port city of Karachi. 
All law enforcement agencies were put on high alert in the twin 
cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi soon after the blast. 
Large-scale operation was also under way in the Federal Capital 
and adjoining areas, reports said. 
"It was certainly a terrorist attack and I was targeted, but I am 
used to it," General Musharraf told the state-run PTV channel. 
Musharraf attended a wedding ceremony in Islamabad after the 
blast. 
The local police are blamed for their failure to check fitting 
explosives with a bridge on an important route, leading to the Army 
House and other key areas. 
The bridge is located close to the Islamabad international 
airport, the Chaklala military air base and residences of top serving 
and retired army officers. 
TK/TSH/210 
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