Pakistani police on Sunday said they averted a major terrorist attack by shooting dead a suicide bomber when he tried to attack a security check post in the federal capital.
The bomber emerged from a black pick-up truck and attempted to target security personnel at the check post in Sector F-11 in Islamabad but was gunned down by alert policemen shortly after 10 pm, city police chief Kaleem Imam said.
Imam said the bomber, whose suicide jacket was packed with about 10 kg of explosives, pellets and ball bearings, could have caused widespread damage if he had detonated his explosives.
"He was killed instantly before he could detonate his jacket," Imam told reporters.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) Bin Yamin said the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" and tried to rush towards the check post.
Police opened fire after he ignored warnings to stop.
"Our personnel opened fire and one of the shots hit the bomber in the head," he said.
Imam said police in Islamabad had been on "special high alert" this evening following intelligence reports that militants could target a "number of installations and high-profile personalities" who are facing threat.
"It appears the bomber was looking for some target but could not penetrate the security," he said.