CNN (USA), BBC (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar)
PESHAWAR - At least four people were killed in a suicide bombing that hit a U.S. consular vehicle in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, reports Al Jazeera.
The American embassy in Islamabad said that no U.S. citizens were killed in the attack, although there were conflicting accounts on whether Americans were among the dead. Local television showed footage of burnt U.S. passports.
The embassy also confirmed in a statement that two Americans and two Pakistani employees from the U.S. consulate were wounded in the attack on their vehicle.
At least 19 people were injured when a car, which was carrying up to 110 kilos of explosives rammed into the consulate’s four-wheel-drive vehicle, reports CNN.
There was no claim of responsibility but the Pakistani Taliban, who are close to al Qaeda, are thought to be behind the attack.
Although the identities of the victims remain unclear, it was the deadliest attack targeting Americans in the country in the past two years.
Peshawar is a gateway to Pakistan's tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan. It is one of the most dangerous cities in Pakistan for foreigners: there have been many attacks against foreign nationals over recent years.
Massive blast right Outside my home in Peshawar kills americans n locals.Suicide attack on american armoured vehicle.My house windows broken
— Rahim Khan (@rahimkhan) Septembre 3, 2012