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Bomb near president's HQ kills 6

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  • Suicide bomber kills six at checkpoint near Pakistani president's office
  • President, inside his office at the time of the blast, was not injured
  • Attack comes amid increasing violence and bomb attacks in Pakistan
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LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suspected suicide bomb attack near Pakistan's army headquarters in Rawalpindi -- which houses President Pervez Musharraf's office -- killed six people and wounded 10 others Tuesday, police have said.

Musharraf, who also serves as Pakistan's military chief, was inside his office at the time of the blast -- which occurred about a mile away, according to police said. He was not injured.

Police said the explosion ripped through an army residential complex in the sprawling military compound in Rawalpindi which is adjacent to Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

The blast happened near the house of Pakistan's newly appointed chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee, Gen. Tariq Majid. It is unclear if he was home at the time.

The target of the bombing is not clear. Pakistani security forces cordoned off the area and an investigation is under way.

The Associated Press reported police as saying that passengers on a minibus, passing the checkpoint at the time of the blast, numbered among the fatalities.

The city's police chief, Saud Aziz, said: "When police officers asked him to halt, the attacker got panicked. And as the police tried to capture him, he blew himself up," AP reported. "Our officers died to protect the citizens of Pakistan."

The attack comes amid growing violence in Pakistan, which has been rocked by several bomb blasts in recent weeks.

A suicide attack in Mangora, located in the Swat district, killed at least 24 people on October 25, many of them police officers. And the October 18 attack on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's motorcade in Karachi left at least 140 dead.

The Pakistan army has also been fighting supporters of the pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah in the north-west of the country, with clashes leaving around 100 dead. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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