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TV says 14 killed, 46 injured in attacks on Pak president convoy

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 25, IRNA -- At least 14 were killed and several feared 
hurt in twin suicide car blasts against the life of Pakistani 
President General Pervez Musharraf, sources said. 
According to Geo TV channel, Interior Ministry sources said that 
46 people were injured in the attacks. 
President Musharraf narrowly survived a series of bomb attacks in 
Rawalpindi, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said. 
The minister stressed that Musharraf was safe in the attack, the 
second on his life in less than two weeks and third in two years. 
"I have spoken to President Musharraf on phone after the attack," 
the minister said. 
He confirmed death of seven people, all civilians. 
Musharraf escaped unhurt in another suicide bomb attack on 
December 13 near the same area of Rawalpindi city. 
The military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan told 
reporters that the blasts were suicide attempts on President 
Musharraf`s life. 
Sheikh Rashid said that the suicide bombers used two cars and 
failed to hit their target. 
He said debris of the damaged petrol stations fell on Musharraf`s 
car. 
Sultan said one car in Musharraf`s motorcade was hit by the 
suicide bomber, injuring several security men. The car was also 
damaged. 
The government has not blamed any group for the attack. No one 
has claimed responsibility. 
The second attack on President Musharraf in less than two weeks 
has exposed security lapses of the president`s security team, analysts
said. 
The blast took place at 1:45 pm local time near Civil Lines police
station and damaged two petrol stations and several shops. 
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