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BREAKING NEWS: Blast hits UN office in Pakistan – Aljazeera
Posted By MB Snow On October 5, 2009 @ 1:29 am In Political News | Comments Disabled
MONDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2009
11:20 MECCA TIME, 08:20 GMT
No claim of responsibility for the attack was immediately made [AFP]
A blast has taken place inside the UN’s World Food Programme offices in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, killing at least three people.
One foreigner and two Pakistanis working for the World Food Programme (WFP) died and several others were injured in the explosion on Monday.
No claim of responsibility for the attack was immediately made.
“There was a blast in the street where a UN office is located. We have sent our team there. We don’t know the cause,” a police official said.
“It’s a blast near the WFP office. We exactly don’t know what sort of blast it was and what was its target.”
Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad, said: “This building is heavily fortified. On the outside it is completely bunkered with bomb proof walls around it.
“According to the reports we are getting there were over 50 people inside the building.
“A bomb or explosive device is said to have gone off inside the building. We can see that the front door has been taken out, the windows are shattered. But there appears to be no structural damage.
“Some smoke is still billowing out [of the building]. The explosive itself does not seem to have been a powerful one.
“We were told that many of the wounded were immediately rushed off in private vehicles, some belonging to the WFP itself. Then ambulances arrived.”
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