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Musharraf Unharmed in Assassination Attempt

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

Police say Mr. 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, a spokesperson for Mr. 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 Mr. Musharraf, who returned from exile to Pakistan last year and is now on trial for treason.



Mr. 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 the opposition.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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

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