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Pak Interior Ministry evacuated after bombing threat to Malik

Last Updated: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 23:52

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Monday
evacuated the Interior Ministry after an anonymous caller
threatened to carry out bomb attacks targeting Interior
Minister Rehman Malik and his home.

All employees of the ministry were asked to leave the
building located within the heavily guarded secretariat
complex in the heart of the capital as a bomb disposal squad
conducted a sweep.

Malik was in his office when officials received three
threatening calls.

The bomb disposal squad did not find any bomb and
Malik later returned to his office.

"I get many threats but I do not disclose them. Today
the media found out about the threat because a sweep was being
conducted (by the bomb disposal squad)," Malik told reporters.

The ruling Pakistan People`s Party has made many
sacrifices in the war on terror and is determined to wipe out
militants, he said.

In one of the calls, the caller threatened to target
Malik`s home. The minister’s residence was also searched by
the bomb disposal squad.

Officials said the Federal Investigation Agency had
been asked to locate the anonymous caller.

Malik directed officials to submit a report on the
incident by Tuesday.


First Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 23:52

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