Two American consulate employees wounded in Peshawar bombing

Published: September 3, 2012

US embassy in Islamabad denies reports that two Americans had been killed in the suicide car bomb attack. PHOTO: AFP

US embassy in Islamabad denies reports that two Americans had been killed in the suicide car bomb attack. PHOTO: AFP A screenshot of the blast site.

PESHAWAR: Two Americans working for the US consulate were wounded in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, the American embassy said.

The blast also wounded two Pakistani employees of the consulate, the embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.

Earlier, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain had told reporters that at least four people, including two Americans, were killed in an attack by a suicide bomber in a vehicle.

“The blast killed two Americans. This is a dangerous move from the terrorists – they want to terrorise the foreigners,” Hussain told AFP, adding that two Americans were also wounded in the blast. ”The dead and injured are from the US consulate. It was a suicide attack. The suicide bomber targeted US vehicle,” he had said.

“We can confirm that a vehicle belonging to the US consulate in Peshawar was hit in an apparent terrorist attack,” the US embassy said in its statement.

“Two US personnel and two Pakistani staff of the Consulate were injured and are receiving medical treatment,” the statement added.

An intelligence official confirmed the US consulate car was the target, with another saying the suicide bomber ploughed his vehicle into it.

Police have recovered a half-burnt US passport from a car badly damaged in the explosion, intelligence officials said.

Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf said the car bomb was loaded with up to 110 kilograms (240 pounds) of explosives, including more than 10 mortar rounds. There were 19 wounded in the attack, he said.

The blast took place near residential quarters for the US consulate and foreign aid organisations, senior police officer Tahir Ayub told AFP, adding that three people were injured.

A senior security official confirmed two deaths, while witnesses said two vehicles were damaged in the explosion.

Umar Riaz, a senior police officer, said initial reports suggested the blast was a car bomb, with the vehicle parked around 25 metres from the office of the UNHCR.

The explosion left a crater in the road and destroyed a Jeep, damaging two others and demolishing the facing walls of four nearby houses, an AFP reporter said.

“We are not sure about the nature of the explosives at the moment or whether it was a remote control bomb or not,” Riaz said.

The injured were shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital.

Police immediately cordoned off the area, while a rescue operation was launched in the area.

Peshawar is the main city in northwest Pakistan and the gateway to the lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border, where Taliban and al Qaeda militants have strongholds.

According to a report published in The Express Tribune on September 2, the Asmatullah Moavia faction had been tasked with targeting military and security check posts at University Road, Peshawar.

The contents of a circular issued to law enforcement agencies by the interior ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) had revealed that banned outfits were planning attacks on sensitive installments across the country.

Clinton condemns ‘cowardly’ attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday denounced the “cowardly” attack against US consulate personnel in Pakistan and praised local authorities’ response to the scene.

Clinton, on a visit to Jakarta shortly after the bombing in Peshawar, said that she wanted to “very clearly condemn the attack on our consulate personnel”.

“We deplore the cowardly act of suicide bombing and terrorist attacks that have affected so many people around the world and which we must all stand against,” she told reporters.

Clinton declined to speculate on the perpetrators but was quick to praise the response of authorities in Pakistan, whose strategic partnership with the United States has repeatedly been plunged into crisis in recent years.

“The information I have is that the Pakistani authorities responded very appropriately,” she said.

Clinton, in line with earlier US accounts, said that both US citizens and Pakistanis employed at the consulate were injured when a suicide bomber rammed into their van.

She said that some of the injured had been airlifted to hospitals in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Reader Comments (51)

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Sep 3, 2012 - 9:46AM

    This is not our war.
    Taliban are our brothers.
    Muslims dont kill muslims.
    Islam is a religion of peace.
    Pakistan has Unity, Faith, Discipline at its core.
    The world is conspiring against us.

    “REALLY SO..?” Thats what the world is asking !!

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  • Salman Nisar
    Sep 3, 2012 - 10:03AM

    Rehman Malik upcoming Stataement: “Well i had warned about it, there is no intelligence failure”Recommend

  • nitish
    Sep 3, 2012 - 10:22AM

    This became a daily routine..not a big news.

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  • Nas
    Sep 3, 2012 - 10:28AM

    @Haris, I would agree with the rest but please dont blame ISLAM here.Islam has nothing to do with this. First educate yourself about islam and then comment.

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  • Sep 3, 2012 - 11:01AM

    @Nas:

    The image of a religion /its teachings is built based on the actions & belief of their followers world over & you can not deny it. The world is looking to Islam from this lens only. If the image is wrong it is the responsibilities of the followers to showcase its true picture.
    I am sure the comments are not to hurt the sentiments of general Muslims.
    regards.

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  • Sep 3, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Peshawar, the 3rd biggest metropolis is left at the mercy of the fanatics, only Peshawaris will defend her! Yet we only need that land to give us resources while we respond with giving them all the outfits of fanatics, labeling them being extremists – we in the center will never come out of our nutshell.

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  • Sindhi-Topi
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:25AM

    The few leftover international organizations will also pack their bags and leave Pakistan. At this rate, civil war is the only prognosis.

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  • Kamran
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:53AM

    @Haris Chaudhry: And that’s what the world is witnessing …. Always expect a kick when you slap someone. What is better, to kill millions or to kill thousands ?

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  • Kamran
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:55AM

    @Saad A: its an open challenge to you to change it if you can … If fanatics can rule White House, they will rule Islamabad too … Soon

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  • Waqar
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:57AM

    @p r sharma: the image of religion ia built what the books of particular religion teaches … Not the actions of ita followers

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  • mkz
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:07PM

    The US embassy is saying no one has been killed!!!!!

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  • Munazza
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:14PM

    It is very sad…such bomb blasts are to frighten those aid workers who are doing and giving their best to this Nation. I felt so sad and sorry for them and for my people as well…to see children crying and panic. This area is full of montessories schools and one can understand how does it feel when your own children victimized & terrified.

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  • Munazza
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:21PM

    It is so sad and terrible to have such blasts near UNCHR office.These terrorists try to stop these aid workers who are giving and serving our poor people. Many montessories are located nearby i am a mother and i can see my children faces which are plae and terrified??? will they be grown up normal?? This is a question of every mother asking from he Govt of Pakistan???

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  • antony
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Clear conspiracy ..Work of CIA ..100 % ..Recommend

  • Hazrat Islam
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:36PM

    It is not so difficult for the Govt of Pakistan to remove the terrorism from our sweet country but they don,t so. we don,t known the reason whyRecommend

  • JoinHands!
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:51PM

    lol i wonder how does ET reports all such reports before hand. special links? haha

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  • Gratgy
    Sep 3, 2012 - 12:58PM

    @Waqar,

    A country is defined by its citizens and a religion is defined by its followers.
    When you say Islam is the fastest growing religion, do you mean that the pages in the Quran are increasing? or Do you mean the number of followers of Islam are increasing?

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  • Zabandraz
    Sep 3, 2012 - 1:05PM

    But the Americans say NO AMERICAN CITIZEN DIED IN THESE EXPLOSIONS???? Now who do we trust???

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  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 1:38PM

    CIA fanatics behind this as usual

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  • Sameena
    Sep 3, 2012 - 1:47PM

    @ antony,

    agreed, they want to move in NATO forces in Pakistan and creating reasons.

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  • amir
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:00PM

    sharma@
    thts wt i want to ask

    now a days in india…………i must say action speks louder thn words

    read ur own news papers…Recommend

  • Austin
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:09PM

    @Zabandraz: The initial reports say two Americans were killed, those were “uncontrolled” news reports, now more controlled reports are out.

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  • abid
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:14PM

    incredible that the information minister has no information available to himself and he is giving information without any knowledge of the actual facts.

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  • a&a
    Sep 3, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Please do not judge any religion & particularly Islam on the bases of the action of few fanatics hungry for dollars . . . . !!!!

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  • feroze
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:00PM

    If the US embassy is saying no one has been killed why does the Headline of the article say 2 Americans dead???? What kind of reporting is this ET??

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  • S K Afridi
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:36PM

    @p r sharma:
    My dear friend, there are misguided elements in every society and in every religion who are zealots but have little knowledge of their own religion. Such people with their actions bring bad name to their religion. There is another group , though small in number, of morally corrupt elements who for the fulfillment of their worldly desires, agree to cooperate with the foreign intelligence agencies to destabilize their own society. There is yet another group of practicing Muslims who is always busy in show casing the true picture of Islam. They are at work everywhere and round the clock, that is why Islam today is the fastest growing religion in US and Africa. In India too it is showing worthwhile results. My advice to you will be that do not get deflected with the sensational terrorist acts of those unscrupulous elements in our society. Look around and find the truth yourself. May be you get convinced with my argument and my words may become a beacon of light for you.

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  • Ninja
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:44PM

    probably CIA agents that were killed. Not a huge loss then.

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  • peace for all
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:46PM

    German Muslim Scholar’s answer a live TV Show seen by Millions of people in the world. He was asked about Terrorism and Islam. He said: Who started the First world war? Muslims? Who started the 2nd World war? Muslims? Who killed about 20 Million of Aborigines in Australia? Muslims? Who sent the Nuclear Bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Muslims? Who killed mote than 100 Million Indians in North America? Muslims? Who killed more than 50 Million Indians in South America? Muslims? Who took about 180 Millions of African people as slaves, of whom 88% died and were thrown in the Atlantic Ocean? Muslims?
    No, They were not Muslims! First, you have to define Terrorism properly. If a non-Muslim does something bad, it is a Crime.. But if a Muslim commits the same Act, He is a Terrorist..
    First remove this double standard, then come to the point!
    As usual this act 100% done by CIA.

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  • Vikram
    Sep 3, 2012 - 3:57PM

    @Nas: Islam is a way of life. Pakistan being 97%. Islamic is a role model for people to see how Islam changes lives of its followers. Islam is not a book

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  • Cautious
    Sep 3, 2012 - 4:02PM

    @a&a

    Please do not judge any religion &
    particularly Islam on the bases of the
    action of few fanatics hungry for
    dollars . . . . !!!!

    I agree — but an ongoing pattern makes it obvious that neither Islam nor Pakistan is willing to step up to the plate and confront these extremist. The continued imprisonment of a mentally deficient Christian child because your afraid to confront conservative Imams is a good example of standing by and watching as the tragedy unfolds.

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  • Vikram
    Sep 3, 2012 - 4:05PM

    @Waqar:
    No books, don’t mean anything. It is what people learn from books and follow. Pakistan is a land of pure. What Pakistanis are doing is Islam. Remember Islam is a way of life.

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  • War
    Sep 3, 2012 - 4:10PM

    @Haris Chaudhry: I guess you are not aware that there is a war going on and Americans (and the American Consulates) are a party to it!? Drones are also part of that war, FYI!

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  • Dubious
    Sep 3, 2012 - 4:24PM

    at least they got the white elephant this time.. or so they did? i hope so! Couple of more raymond davis’s to go

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  • Urooj Saifi
    Sep 3, 2012 - 4:48PM

    By the way the bombing was outside the UNHCR guesthouse (not the office) where I resided for three years and left a few months ago. My thoughts are for colleagues who are still there working hard for the Pakistani IDPs and the refugees from Afghanistan.

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  • zaigham
    Sep 3, 2012 - 5:00PM

    why taliban,s kill pakistani muslims?

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  • gp65
    Sep 3, 2012 - 5:15PM

    @Waqar: “@p r sharma: the image of religion ia built what the books of particular religion teaches … Not the actions of ita followers”

    It is unfortunate that when followers of one particular faith repeatedly cite the teachings they received in their worship places as reason for murder, it is the religion which is judged. The other terror acts by practitioners of other faith are sometimes cited to ask why did their respective faith not be tarred with the terror incident. The answer is clear – their prayer leader did not instigate them to commit the act of terror or promise 72 virgins in heaven as a reward for doing so.

    There terrorists and the prayer leaders who incite them are the true blasphemers of Islam because they bring disrepute to Islam in a way that burning of Noorani Qaida by a mentally deficient 14 year illiterate girl never could.Yet the courts won’t hold the terrorists in jail and they won’t acquit poor Rimsha.

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  • Jaideep Gupta
    Sep 3, 2012 - 6:12PM

    The fact emphasize that no one in Pakistan is secure.If a high security zone is attacked by this way then where is the security of aam admi.It is really deplorable that Pakistan police force failed to protect diplomatic personals.If the country want peace then they will have to leave any nexus with extremist outfits.These outfits with scant regard to Islam have jumped into fray to destroy Pakistan.

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  • Pakistani Pathan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 6:41PM

    @Saad A: very well said, establishment will never allow that to happen bt this is inevitable. everybody has used Islam for their own purpose which is bad .. secularism is the solution pak establishment should realise that and also they shud start action against any party who use religion for slogan

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  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Sep 3, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Coward Act! Militants are not belong to Human society…Please Maroon them….

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 3, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Interesting Isn’t it. The Americans can bomb and kill innocents under the guise that they are attacking militants/terrorists. When the situation is reversed and reprisals take place it is called terrorism. We just have to get the nomenclature right; Don’t we?

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  • Jim
    Sep 3, 2012 - 11:19PM

    Amazing how much garbage is spewed here. According to some, the CIA conducted this bombing. According to other, the bombing killed CIA agents. So CIA staged this attack to kill CIA agents. The world according to kaanspiracy-stan.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 4, 2012 - 2:20AM

    @Jim:
    Dear Jim,
    The CIA/Zionist combo killed over 3,000 people in 9/11 and blamed the Al Qaeda/Taliban combo. What is the difference between 9/11 and the Peshawar incident. If you cannot work it out I will expand my reasoning so that you understand; regards.

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  • Dallas Ali
    Sep 4, 2012 - 6:32AM

    What a shame in name of Islam killing innocent people (incidentally most people killed are Pakistani’s who have no role in anything but happen to be at a wrong place and time).

    Pakistan as a nation needs to do a soul searching if that is what they wanted when QAA Jinnah created a nation on Islamic principals. He is probably rolling in his grave viewing how his dreams have been hijacked by extremist.

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  • goose
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Waqar:
    can’t agree there – followers of other religions specially do not know what a particular religion’s books teach and also these teachings are many a time open to various interpretations even within the followers of that religion – the only way the rest of the universe knows a faith is by what they see of it which is actions of it’s followers or those professing to be followers…Recommend

  • goose
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:35PM

    @amir:
    Why should we not read other countries’ online newspapers? That’s what the web was created, to create a seamless world and you want to build walls here too simply because you don’t like other people having a voice? Only those that are afraid of something want to restrict it….Recommend

  • goose
    Sep 4, 2012 - 4:42PM

    @Sexton Blake:
    stop this insensibility – everyone knows the truth, keep screaming till you’re hoarse but you won’t get anyone except willful nitwits like yourself to believe you…Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 5, 2012 - 12:06AM

    @goose:
    Dear Goose,
    I thought, unlike you, that I was writing in a reasonably rational fashion and not screaming at all. However, I am interested in what you wrote. You said “everyone knows the truth”. If you are referring to 9/11 I would be grateful if you could explain to me what the truth is, and why nobody in America, to my knowledge, has brought anybody to trial, in a courtroom, for this dreadful crime, but has taken a course of bombing and killing several million people, most of them innocents, since 2001.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 5, 2012 - 1:14AM

    @peace for all:
    Dear Peace,
    You wrote a good point when you mentioned bias against Muslims when a crime is committed. Without going into any controversial crimes, statistic show that about 15,000 people were murdered during 2010 in the US, 7 million people are in prison, rape and burglary go off the charts, and America has more people in prison than China with 3-4 times the population. This is not a put-down of America, but it does indicate that Pakistan with all its problems of violence compares reasonably well with Western countries. However, this does not mean that Pakistan should relax. There are too many problems of violence, so called honour killings need to stop, and Muslims need to get real in regard to their treatment of females, particularly the Taliban.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 5, 2012 - 2:15AM

    @Sexton Blake:
    Please give us FACTS to support your fantasy that “the CIA/Zionist Combo killed over 3,000 people in 9/11…”! ALSO please give a credible reference for “killing several million people….since 9/11″!

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 5, 2012 - 8:43AM

    @numbersnumbers:
    Dear Numbers,
    Where have you been for the last eleven years? It is common knowledge that a lot of people died in 9/11. You probably belong to the low functioning group who believe the fantasy of the US Government conspiracy theory, that a bunch of guys from Saudi Arabia emerged from a cave in Afghanistan, and caused the problem. If you are correct why doesn’t the US take the responsible party to a court-of-law instead of fighting an eleven year war, and bombing Iraq into the stone age. None of it makes any kind of sense. It is for sure that Washington will not come up with meaningful statistics of how many they have killed or injured, but UN, and Veterans Today, statistics may help you to understand. Further, several groups have used inferential statistics to come up with reasonably accurate figures. The bottom line is that I have searched the web using Google. Why don’t you? Further, many prominent people have been very critical of President Bush and his neo-con henchmen, but nobody has been sued. Work it out.

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