An explosives-laden vehicle blew up an anti-terrorist squad building and injured at least four people on Thursday in a heavily guarded police complex in Pakistan’s capital, officials and a witness said.
‘It seems to be a suicide attack,’ said Islamabad police official Mohammed Sadiq.
The incident occurred as lawmakers gathered for a security briefing. Islamabad has been under tight security because of the private session.
Ambulances streamed into the smoke-filled Police Lines neighborhood after the blast.
The front section of the three-story, red-brick building was destroyed and a staircase had collapsed. Shoes were strewn among the rubble. Police officer Suhail Iqbal said the building housed an anti-terror squad. It stood fairly deep inside the complex.
Police commando Gulshan Iqbal told The Associated Press he was sitting at a nearby barrack when a ‘Suzuki car hit the anti-terror squad barrack and exploded with a big bang.’
He said because many officers were guarding the parliament building and other areas of Islamabad, the main building was largely empty. ‘About 10 people were inside at the time, and we saw six or seven injured,’ he said.
Concrete barriers and barbed wire ringed a wide perimeter around Parliament. Members of the media were not allowed in.
Courtesy: Dawn2 comments