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Terrorist Kills 7 Muslims Near Musharraf’s HQ

From their associates at the Associated Press:

Pakistani Army officials collect evidence at the site of a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007.

Bomb 1/4-mile from Musharraf’s HQ kills 7

By ANJUM NAVEED, Associated Press Writer

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan – A suicide attacker set off a bomb at a checkpoint a quarter-mile from the military headquarters where President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was staying Tuesday, killing seven people, police said.

The blast will likely feed fears for the country’s stability just as it prepares for crucial parliamentary elections and faces a growing threat from Islamic militants.

The man walked up to the checkpoint in the city of Rawalpindi a quarter-mile from Army House. Musharraf was safely inside at the time, his spokesman Rashid Qureshi said.

Police said three of their officers and four civilians were killed along with the lone assailant. Fourteen policemen and four civilians were wounded, he said.

“When police officers asked him to halt, the attacker got panicked. And as the police tried to capture him, he blew himself up,” city police chief Saud Aziz told The Associated Press. “Our officers died to protect the citizens of Pakistan.”

The attack left the area around the checkpoint, which guards a road leading to Army House and the residences of several top generals, strewn with flesh and torn clothing.

An Associated Press photographer saw emergency workers remove the body of an elderly man killed as he was riding by on a bicycle.

Police said women and children aboard a passing minibus were also among the dead and wounded. Television footage showed schoolbags abandoned on the seats of the vehicle, whose windows were blown out.

Investigators cordoned off the area to retrieve evidence. A policeman climbed an overhanging tree to dislodge part of the bomber’s severed head

Another heroic martyr to the religion of peace.

By the way, this is how the “paper of record,” the New York Times reported the incident:

Young Bomber Strikes Within a Mile of Musharraf

Published: October 31, 2007

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Oct. 30 — A young man blew himself up about one mile from the offices of Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in this garrison town near Islamabad, the capital, today, killing seven people including himself and wounding 14 others, according to police officials and the Interior Ministry…

The young scamp.

We certainly wouldn’t want to call him a terrorist, would we?

That’s not polite.

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