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Musharraf Unharmed in Assassination Attempt

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FILE - A poster of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is seen hung up near a checkpoint outside his house, where he has been held under house arrest in Islamabad, Pakistan.

FILE - A poster of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is seen hung up near a checkpoint outside his house, where he has been held under house arrest in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Former Pakistani military leader Pervez Musharraf survived an assassination attempt Thursday when a bomb exploded after his motorcade drove by.

Police say Musharraf was traveling from a military hospital in Rawalpindi to his farmhouse outside Islamabad. They say a bomb targeting the former president blew up in a pipeline under the Faizabad bridge on the edge of the capital.

No one was injured and the motorcade was rerouted.

In a statement issued after the attack, Raza Bokhari, a spokesperson for Musharraf, said the former president is safe and is at his farmhouse outside Islamabad.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

The Pakistani Taliban has vowed to kill Musharraf, who returned from exile to Pakistan last year and is now on trial for treason.

Musharraf has been charged with treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007. He suspended the constitution and fired several judges in what prosecutors say was an attempt to silence opposition.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

The former president is being treated for a heart condition at an army hospital in Rawalpindi.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.
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