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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Deadly suicide bomb attacks hit US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan

Pakistani security officials examine a damaged 
military building next to the US consulate 
following a huge suicide bomb attack. [AFP]
Pakistani security officials examine a damaged military building 
next to the US consulate following a huge suicide bomb attack. [AFP]
Craig McMurtrie, Washington - 6 APRIL 2010.

United States authorities have condemned an attack on the American consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Three security guards and four militants were killed near the heavily fortified complex in what police describe as a coordinated attack.

Pakistani police say security guards returned fire after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the main gate of the consulate.

They say there were at least five heavily armed militants wearing the uniforms of a government paramilitary force and that they used rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons.

Three Pakistani guards died and a dozen people were injured but there were no US casualties reported.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

RussiaToday Video — April 05, 2010 — Nearly fifty people have been killed in a series of powerful explosions in North West Pakistan. A suspected suicide atttack in the Lower Dir district claimed the lives of at least forty people. Shortly after, four bombs exploded in the same area near the US consulate leaving seven people dead. The attacks happened despite intense army operations and US missile strikes in the North West of the country.

STRATFORvideo — April 05, 2010 — The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan attacked both hard and soft targets in the Northwest Frontier Province on April 5. Analyst Kamran Bokhari says the locations show a weakening of the TTP -- under pressure from a Pakistani military campaign -- but that events also demonstrate the group's continued ability to muster significant firepower.