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'One of 2 bombers in university attack was disguised as woman'

world Updated: Oct 21, 2009 18:22 IST

One of the two suicide bombers who attacked the prestigious International Islamic University in the Pakistani capital killing six people was disguised as a woman clad in a burqa, a senior official of the institution said today.

The bomber, who targeted a packed cafeteria in women's campus of the university yesterday, was wearing a burqa and women's shoes, said varsity president Anwar Hussain Siddiqui.

The suicide bomber evaded attempts by two university employees to stop him.

"The bomber shot a security guard who tried to stop him and ran towards the cafeteria. When another employee tried to stop him, the bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the cafeteria," Siddiqui told a news conference.

Three women studying at the university -- which has about 20,000 students, including 1,500 foreigners -- were among six persons killed by the bombers.

The second attacker blew himself up in the Shariah or Islamic law faculty in the male campus of the varsity.

Over the past two weeks, militants have attacked offices of police and security forces, including the army's General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, but yesterday's strike was the first one that targeted a civilian institution and students. Wasim Khwaja, a doctor at the state-run Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences where body parts of the bombers were taken by police, said both attackers were clean-shaven.