Islamabad: Pakistan's suicide bombers are getting better. For the second time in less than 20 days they penetrated a high security complex in Islamabad with deadly intent and blew it up.
Around four are feared killed and 15 have been injured when a powerful explosion hit the headquarters of the Anti Terror Squad (ATS), situated in the police lines about 10 km south-east of the complex housing Parliament and other sensitive buildings.
Ironically, a special Parliament session on terror was on when the blast occurred.
Though, the cause behind the blast is still not clear, preliminary investigations point to the suicide bomber aided perhaps by some person or persons from inside the building.
"A man entered the ATS barrack with two sweet boxes and the moment he opened it, there was an explosion. The question is how did the car enter the compound, they are all to be searched & parked outside," says IGP Ibrahim Gardezi.
Fortunately there were few casualties but the building was reduced to rubble. One of those dead was the suicide bomber whose reports remain dug up.
The timing of the attack suggested a warning to MPs reviewing the security situation and also a warning to the army.
The newly appointed ISI Chief Gen Shuja Pasha has been reported as saying that peace deals with militants don't work.
This is the sixth terror strike in Pakistan in less than three weeks and since January there have been 70 terrorist incidents all over the country including the hit on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad last month.