Ex-Pakistani President Musharraf escapes 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.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday, police said.
Police say Musharraf was traveling from a hospital in Rawalpindi to his farmhouse outside Islamabad.
They say a bomb blew up in a pipeline under the Faizabad bridge, leaving a large crater in the road.
No one was injured and the motorcade was rerouted.
Musharraf returned from exile to Pakistan last year. Earlier this week, the former army chief was charged with five counts of treason over alleged constitutional violations during his time in power.
Musharraf, 70, has denied the charges and says all the accusations against him are politically motivated.
He suspended the constitution and freed several judges in what prosecutors say was an attempt to silence the opposition.
Musharraf faces the death penalty if convicted.
Source – Agencies

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