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Bomb defused near Musharraf home

Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf is being held under house arrest.

Associated Press

Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf is being held under house arrest.

ISLAMABAD — Police defused an explosives-laden vehicle near the house where ex-leader Pervez Musharraf is being held, and a car bomb aimed at a Pakistani Shi’ite politician missed him but killed four other people hours later Tuesday, the latest signs of simmering unrest in the country.

Police in the capital were investigating how a car with a bomb inside managed to approach Musharraf’s house. It was found parked about 500 feet from the main gate of the house on the outskirts of the city, said Islamabad police chief Bani Amin. The former military strongman was home at the time.

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Musharraf is being held under house arrest in connection with a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power.

Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 when he was army chief but was forced to step down in 2008 because of growing discontent with his rule. He returned last month to make a political comeback, but his fortunes have gone from bad to worse since then.

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