Blast at Pakistan Lawyer's Rally! At Least 12 Are Dead

At least 12 are dead at an Islamabad rally today after a suicide bomber set off his bomb.

Police and bomb disposal officials examine the site of a blast in Islamabad July 17, 2007. A blast in the Pakistani capital that killed 12 people on Tuesday appeared to be a suicide bomb attack, the city’s police chief said. (REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)


Authorities said the severed head of the suicide bomber has been recovered. (DAWN)

At least 12 people were killed in a blast at a rally today in Islamabad.
The BBC reported:

At least four people have been killed in a blast at a lawyers’ rally in Islamabad, Pakistani police say. Ousted chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was due to address the rally in the capital, but was not present at the time of the blast, officials said.

Television footage showed blood at the scene of the explosion and several people lying motionless on the ground.

Police say that a suicide bomber was responsible for the blast.

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden T-shirts are displayed outside a garments shop in Islamabad, April 2007. (AFP/File/Farooq Naeem)

Pro-Taliban extremists in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region on the Afghan border have vowed to carry out attacks on Pakistani forces after the seige on the Red Mosque earlier this month.

A total of 108 people have died in suicide attacks and bombings across the northwest since the conflict at the Red Mosque began on July 3, including 75 soldiers and police –AP.

Snapped Shot has more on the blast.

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