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Bomb at Danish Embassy in Pakistan Kills 8

  • VOA News

A car bomb explosion outside Denmark's embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, has killed at least eight people, including two policemen and a Danish citizen of Pakistani origin.

The massive blast Monday afternoon also injured at least 25 people, tore through outer protective walls, demolished embassy security posts, and destroyed nearby vehicles.

A United Nations-funded office across the street was seriously damaged. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned the attack and said Denmark will not give in to terrorists and will not alter its foreign and security policies.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said the attack shamed the country and vowed to boost security around foreign missions.

U.S. President George Bush extended condolences to the victims and their families.

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Denmark has faced renewed terrorist threats since several Danish newspapers reprinted a caricature in February showing the Prophet Muhammad with a turban resembling a bomb.

Originally printed in 2005, the cartoons sparked violent protests across much of the Islamic world, where the drawings were deemed blasphemous.

The blast was the second this year targeting foreigners in Islamabad. In March, a blast at an Italian restaurant killed one foreigner and wounded several others.

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