Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Thursday escaped an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi,twin city of Islamabad, the second one in the past two weeks.
A convoy carrying Musharraf drove along a road in the city minutes before the powerful explosions but Musharraf was not hurt. The blasts killed at least seven people including three policemen and wounded more, witnesses said. There was no official confirmation of the casualties.
Musharraf narrowly escaped an assassination bid on the evening of Dec. 14 on the same road in Rawalpindi. The blast two weeks ago rocked a bridge in Rawalpindi less than one minute after Musharraf's motorcade passed over it.
Thursday's blasts took place outside a police station and several important military offices are located near the site of the blast.
Troops and police cordoned off the site, blocked the road and diverted traffic to other routes.
Musharraf, who was cooperative with the United States after the September 11 terrorist attack, has been a target of the terrorists. He has escaped several assassination attempts in the past two years.
The blasts no doubt cast heavy shadow over the coming 12th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) slated for Jan. 4-6, 2004 in Islamabad, which seven members' heads of state including Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee will attend.
Local reports said the Pakistani government has mobilized 4,700policemen and Frontier Constabularies to provide security during the summit. A US team also has come to Islamabad to impart training to 100 Pakistani anti-terrorist personnel to protect the leaders of the member states.