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14 killed, 46 injured in attacks on Pak President convoy - Spokesman

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 25, IRNA - At least 14 are killed and several feared 
hurt in twin suicide car blasts against the life of Pakistani 
President General Pervez Musharraf, official sources said Thursday. 
Interior Ministry Spokesman Abdulrauf Chauhdry said that 46 six 
people are also injured in the attacks. 
President Musharraf narrowly survived and windscreen of his car 
was damaged in series of bomb attack 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 and said all were civilians. 
President General Pervez 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. 
Military spokesman Shaukat Sultan said that one car in General 
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 1.45 pm local time near Civil Lines police 
station and damaged two petrol stations and several shops. 
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