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16 December 2003

U.S. Condemns Attempted Assassination of President Musharraf

Answer to question taken at December 16 State Department briefing

Following is the official answer to a question taken at the December 16 regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the day:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
December 16, 2003

TAKEN QUESTION FROM THE DECEMBER 16, 2003 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING

Assassination Attempt on President Musharraf

Question: Any comment on the assassination attempt against President Musharraf on Sunday

Answer: On December 14, an explosive device was detonated shortly after President Musharraf's motorcade passed over a bridge, destroying the bridge but causing no injuries to the President's party or to others.

The United States strongly condemns this attack against Pakistan's President. His country is one of our closest allies in the Global War on Terror. We are pleased that no one was injured.

We are prepared to assist Pakistani authorities in their investigation if they so desire.

This attack demonstrates that Pakistan faces as serious a threat from terrorism as other countries on the front lines on the War on Terror.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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