ISLAMABAD - A bomb explosion hit the heart of the federal capital on Saturday morning and police said it was caused by a suspected suicide bomber whose vest may have detonated prematurely.
The suspected bomber was in critical condition after the blast at a popular complex of shops in Islamabad but no one else was wounded, a senior policeman at the scene told Reuters. The blast came after a week when military jets pounded suspected militant hideouts.
Ground troops also moved into a small portion of North Waziristan. Islamabad has been relatively peaceful in recent years, but in the past few months it was hit by an attack on the district court and a bombing at a vegetable market that killed 22 and wounded scores of others.