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5 Americans injured in blast in Pakistan

A police officer examines the scene of a bomb explosion in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday. A Turkish woman was killed and 11 people, most of them foreigners, were injured.

Associated Press

A police officer examines the scene of a bomb explosion in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday. A Turkish woman was killed and 11 people, most of them foreigners, were injured.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A bomb exploded in the back garden of an Italian restaurant crowded with foreigners in Pakistan's capital on Saturday, killing a Turkish woman and wounding 11 others, including five Americans.

Personnel from the U.S. and British embassies were among the injured. It appeared to be the first attack targeting foreigners in a recent wave of violence in Pakistan.

Islamabad already was on a high state of alert for Monday's convening of a new Parliament.

The blast was not a suicide bombing, said police and bystanders. That too was unusual, given the heavy reliance on suicide attacks — a calling card of al-Qaida — in the current wave of violence.

Officials said the bomb was planted in the garden or thrown over a wall of the Luna Caprese restaurant, a popular spot for expatriates in Islamabad.

Still parked outside the restaurant were two SUVs, one with a diplomatic plate on its dashboard indicating U.S. ownership.

Nearby at Islamabad's Poly Clinic, a list of victims was posted in the reception area. Five American citizens were listed as undergoing surgery. It said one Japanese, one Canadian, one Briton and three Pakistanis were injured.

Foreigners crowded around the list; some burst into tears.

"There were U.S. Embassy personnel among the injured. They are receiving medical treatment and their families are being notified," embassy spokeswoman Kay Mayfield said.

After inspecting the destruction, city police Chief Shahid Nadeem Baloch said, "There is a crater in the ground which suggests that it was a planted bomb, but we need to investigate further."

Pakistani Interior Secretary Kamal Shah said a bomb could have been thrown over the wall.

Information from the Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers was used in this report.

5 Americans injured in blast in Pakistan 03/15/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:40am]

    

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