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Explosion in Pak capital

world Updated: Apr 13, 2010 15:34 IST

A low-intensity bomb went off on Tuesday in an area in the heart of the Pakistani capital where several educational institutions are located, causing panic among people, though police said, the incident did not appear to have any terror links.

The blast occurred in a garbage bin in a forested area near a federal government building. No one was injured in the blast.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Bin Yamin said, preliminary investigations suggested there was no terrorist link to the blast.He said, the explosion was apparently caused by some bottles of chemicals that were in the garbage bin.

Several leading educational institutions, including the International School of Islamabad, are located in the area.The blast triggered panic among people, including parents whose children study in these educational institutions.

Authorities cordoned off the area and evacuated the schools as a precautionary measure.The bomb disposal squad was called in to sweep the area.