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Suicide attacker injures three at Pakistani capital's airport

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A bomber blew himself up about 200 yards from the main terminal at Islamabad's international airport last night, in the latest attack on a high-profile target in or near the Pakistani capital by suspected Islamic militants.

The attacker, challenged by security guards as he tried to enter the airport on foot shortly after 9 p.m., first opened fire with a pistol and then set off a grenade, according to witnesses and officials. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had intended to kill himself.

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At least three security officials were wounded in the gunfire and the subsequent blast, Pakistani authorities said; the attacker was the only fatality.

Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, is considered a key ally in the U.S.-led battle against the Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, but his administration has come under increasing scrutiny from Western governments and from Afghanistan, which claims Pakistani intelligence is actively supporting the Taliban. Pakistan denies any such complicity.


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