updated 10/4/2006 3:30:13 PM ET 2006-10-04T19:30:13

An explosion was heard late Wednesday in a public park in Rawalpindi, about a half-mile from the residence of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, but there were no reports of injuries, and the cause of the blast was not known.

Police and other security forces cordoned off the Ayub Park, site of the reported blast, and traffic on road around the park has been diverted, a senior army official said on condition of anonymity because he lacked the authority to make formal media comments.

The park is located about a half-mile from Musharraf’s home and about seven miles from the capital of Islamabad. Other senior army officers are housed in the area.

At least 10 armed policemen were guarding the park’s main gate and four police pickup trucks were parked nearby. About half a dozen soldiers also were near the gate, an Associated Press photographer said.

Mohammed Azhar, a police control officer in Rawalpindi, said that there were no reports of injuries from the explosion and its cause was unclear.

“Whatever that has happened, it was inside the park,” Azhar said.

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