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Bomb attack on Islamabad police


The BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad describes what happened

A suicide bomb attack on a police station in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, has left one policeman dead and another injured.

The bomber killed himself as he set off his device after trying unsuccessfully to enter police special branch offices near the Sitara market, police said.

Special intelligence and bomb disposal units are believed to use the building.

There was no early indication of who had organised the attack, which came on Pakistan Day, a national holiday.

Violence in Pakistan has surged in recent months amid a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist militants.

The bomber was stopped as he tried to enter the police station, police said.

"The bomber was on foot and when the guards tried to stop him at the check-post he blew himself up," Rana Akbar, a senior official in the city administration, told Reuters news agency.

An eyewitness described the scene: "I can see human flesh scattered on the road and the damaged police check-post at the gate."

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the attack had been "planned by terrorists" and "targeted against police".

"[The bomber] apparently wanted to target senior officers," he added.

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