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Bomb Aimed at Pakistani Leader Weighed Nearly Half a Ton

A powerful remote-controlled bomb that exploded seconds after President Pervez Musharraf’s motorcade passed it on Sunday night was made of 800 to 1,000 pounds of high explosives, the interior minister, Faisal Saleh Hayat, said Monday. He said that the authorities were questioning several policemen guarding the bridge in Rawalpindi where the bomb detonated, but that it was improbable that they were involved. “This device was obviously planted much before the police were posted there,” he said. “The weight of the explosive materials, it can’t be placed in a few minutes.” No group claimed responsibility, and no one was injured. A Western diplomat and a senior retired military officer said Monday the bomb went off only seven to eight seconds after the motorcade passed, rather than the 30 to 60 seconds the president had estimated. Full Story

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