28 Nov 2010

Suicide bomb attack foiled in Pakistan

7:45 am on 28 November 2010

Police in Pakistan have prevented two suicide bombers from attacking a mosque in the capital, Islamabad.

One of the two men was wearing an explosives vest and was on his way to bomb a mosque during Friday prayers.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the place of worship was in F8-1 residential district, which is home to many wealthy Pakistanis and Westerners.

He said authorities learned of a possible attack late on Thursday and stepped up security.

"We took all the required measure without creating a panic," he added.

The BBC reports a police official said the suspects were connected to the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan.

Victory was declared in December last year by the Pakistani army after a two-month offensive against the Taliban in the region, which borders Afghanistan.