- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani officials say a suicide bombing at a bus terminal near the capital has killed at least five people and wounded 16 others.

Rehman Malik, the head of Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, says it is unclear if the bomber deliberately targeted the area in the blast late Monday or if the explosives went off prematurely.

Television images showed rescue workers helping the wounded to ambulances and gloved investigators picking debris from among several badly damaged cars and minibuses after the blast.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

ISLAMABAD (AP) _ A bomb exploded at a busy bus terminal near of the Pakistani capital on Monday, killing four people and wounding several more, officials said.

The blast in Rawalpindi came as Pakistan’s leaders sought to end a political crisis that has raied doubts about their focus on fighting Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

TV images showed rescue workers helping the wounded to ambulances while gloved investigators pick debris from a darkened street among several badly damaged cars and minibuses.

City police officer Anaytullah Farooqi said the bomb appeared to have gone off in one of the vehicles.

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