A suicide bomber blew himself up in Pakistan today near the office of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, killing seven people and injuring 11 more, the AP reports. The blast took place at a checkpoint in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the army's headquarters where Musharraf works. No organization has claimed responsibility for the blast, but officials are treating the attack as an assassination attempt.
Pakistani television showed images of children's schoolbags abandoned on a minibus with its windows blown out. Two of the dead are said to be police. Today's blast is only the latest disturbance as the nation prepares for parliamentary elections in which Benazir Bhutto will contest the premiership: the government is battling a militant uprising in the northwest, which has been rocked by suicide attacks in recent days.