South Asia

Pakistan suicide attack 'foiled'


Police in Pakistan have prevented two would-be suicide bombers from attacking a mosque in the capital Islamabad, officials say.

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

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the place of worship was in the upmarket F8-1 residential neighbourhood.

The district is home to many wealthy Pakistanis and Westerners.

Authorities learned of a possible attack late on Thursday and stepped up security, Mr Malik said.

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

Police official Bin Yamin told AP news agency the suspects were connected to the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan.

In December last year the Pakistani army declared victory following a major two-month offensive against the Taliban in the tribal region, which borders Afghanistan.

But attacks by militants in the region have continued, while drone air strikes on their suspected hideouts take place on an almost daily basis.

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