Pakistan: 'Two Americans dead' in Peshawar suicide attack

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3 September 2012 Last updated at 02:43 ET

Two Americans have died in a suicide bombing in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, the provincial information minister has said.

The bomber is said to have rammed an explosives-filled car into a vehicle which had left the US consulate.

A number of people were injured in the attack, which minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain described as a bid to "to terrorise the foreigners", AFP reports.

Peshawar is situated near tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Taliban and al-Qaeda militants operate in the area and the city has been targeted frequently in bombings in recent years - though US officials are said to be protected by extensive security measures.

Monday's blast apparently took place after the vehicle had left the US consulate, police said.

A witness told BBC the car in which the explosives were planted rammed into a four-wheel-drive vehicle in Aabdara Road area - close to the offices of the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, and a registration centre for Afghan refugees.

"The dead and injured are from the US consulate. It was a suicide attack. The suicide bomber targeted [a] US vehicle," Mr Hussain told AFP.

A local journalist who saw a US passport inside the targeted four-wheel-drive said it carried the stamp of the US Consulate and was in the name of an apparent employee of the consulate.

On Friday at least 11 people died in a car bombing in the Mattani district.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19460920