Two die as Peshawar bombing targets US consulate vehicle

Sep 03, 2012, 12:50 IST | Agencies

A car bomb blast in Peshawar, aimed at a US consulate vehicle, killed two people and injured several others.

At least two people were killed and 19 others injured when a suicide bomber triggered a massive car bomb blast, targetting a US consulate vehicle near a UN office in Pakistan's Peshawar city, a media report said.

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Pakistani rescuers inspect the badly damaged US consulate vehicle (Pic - AFP)

Police said a US consulate vehicle was the target of the suicide car bomb attack at Abdara Road in University Town that killed two people and injured 19, including two foreigners, two women and two children, reports said.

A half-burnt US passport was recovered from the car that was badly damaged in the blast.

"The car targeted was a US consulate vehicle," one intelligence official was quoted as saying.

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Pakistani policemen collect evidence from the bomb blast site (Pic - AFP)

The suicide bomber rammed his car into the US consulate car, said another official.

Police estimated that up to 100 kg of explosives material was used in the terror attack that left a big crater in the road and destroyed a jeep. The walls of four nearby houses were damaged.

The bombing took place barely four days after at least nine people, including two children, were killed and over 20 injured in a bomb blast in an auto workshop in Mattni Bazaar on the outskirts of Peshawar. 

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