Friday, December 4, 2009

'Shots and explosion' heard in Pakistan's Rawalpindi

Pakistani police have reported gunfire and at least one explosion in the city of Rawalpindi.

One report said the firing was close to a military parade ground, another that it was an attack on a local mosque.

"We have reports that firing was heard," Mumtaz Ahmed, a police officer, told the Reuters news agency.

The Pakistani security forces have been targeted in a series of recent attacks. Nineteen people were killed in an attack in Rawalpindi in October.

That incident was a raid on an army base for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

On Wednesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the headquarters of Pakistan's navy in Islamabad, killing a security officer.

The Associated Press quoted local police as saying the latest attack was on a mosque close to the Pakistani army headquarters.

Police official Waqas Ahmed says gunfire was continuing in the area and at least one explosion was also heard, AP reported.


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