Pakistan Sees Al Qaeda Hand in Musharraf Murder Bid

Pakistani authorities suspect the hand of al Qaeda may be behind a weekend bid to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf, officials said Tuesday.

But intelligence agents are also wondering if an internal leak gave the perpetrators the advance warning needed to plan the attack. Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, narrowly escaped Sunday’s attack when a series of explosions ripped apart a bridge in the city of Rawalpindi just after his motorcade passed over it. Intelligence officials told Reuters they had no firm leads so far but suspicion was falling on al Qaeda or an allied Pakistani group, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi, several of whose members have already been convicted for trying to kill Musharraf. Full Story

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