Six injured in blast at Islamabad police headquarters (Lead)

October 9th, 2008 - 5:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Oct 9 (IANS) Six people were injured as an explosives-laden car blew up near a building housing Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officials at the police headquarters here, police said. The blast badly damaged the three-storey residential building reserved for the squad but no one was inside at the time of the attack. The block is situated about 300 metres from the main police headquarter building.

“Six people present near the building were injured,” said Sub-Inspector Liaqat Ali, who was present at the headquarters at the time of the blast.

He added that the car carrying the explosives was white. No dead body was found in the car or near it, leading police to believe that the explosion was triggered by remote control.

The explosion was heard more than 10 km away. Residents of the neighbourhood said that they saw smoke coming out of the police headquarters that is located near two main universities and three hospitals.

The blast occurred even as a joint session of the parliament was being briefed by senior military officials on the measures taken to counter terrorism.

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