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Special equipment in Musharraf car saves his life

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 17, IRNA -- Authorities in Pakistan said on Wednesday 
that special equipment in President General Musharraf`s car saved his 
life in an apparent assassination attempt on Sunday last. 
The equipment jams remote control for one minute and at the 
distance of 100 meter on both side of President Musharraf`s car. 
Meanwhile sources said that President Musharraf visited the site 
of the blast Tuesday. 
General Musharraf, a key ally in the US-led war on al-Qaeda and 
Taliban, narrowly escaped an attack when a series of explosions ripped
apart a bridge in Rawalpindi just after his motorcade passed by on 
Sunday. 
Pakistani authorities are questioning seven security personnel, 
including four policemen detailed to check the bridge. 
Shortly after the attack, Musharraf blamed the explosion on 
extremists, opposed to his support for the US-led coalition against 
military operation in Afghanistan. 
Reports suggest that Pakistani authorities have arrested ten 
people, including Afghans, in connection with the bomb attack 
Musharraf, but officials say they were arrested for suspected links 
with al-Qaeda and their Taliban allies. 
The suspects were arrested in Rawalpindi between the night of 
Monday and Tuesday from a house in Rawalpindi, which is located near 
Islamabad. 
An Interior Ministry statement has said these arrests were not 
related to bomb attack but related to al-Qaeda and Taliban. 
No one has claimed responsibility of the attack, but officials 
suspected the al-Qaeda network may be behind the weekend bid to kill 
Musharraf. 
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