Two die as Peshawar bombing targets US consulate vehicle (Second Lead)

September 3rd, 2012 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 3 (IANS) 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.

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, reported Geo News.

There was some confusion over the toll with initial media reports putting the deaths at three in the blast that took place close to the UN refugee agency office.

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.

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.

Dawn reported that the bomb-proof consulate vehicle was destroyed in the blast.

Arbab Alamgir Khan, federal minister for communications, said two foreign nationals had been injured in the attack.

Sources told Dawn that threats had been received two days ago about an attack on the US consulate after which security had been heightened.

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