US Consulate attacked in NW Pakistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Peshawar, Pakistan (AP) - U.S. Embassy officials say no Americans were among the three people killed today when militants attacked a U.S. Consulate in northwestern Pakistan.

The militants used car bombs and grenades to attack the consulate in Peshawar, hours after a suicide attack on a political rally elsewhere in the region killed more than 40 people.

A Pakistani intelligence official says after the car bombs exploded at a checkpoint outside the consulate, militants dressed in security uniforms fired mortars or rocket-propelled grenades at the heavily fortified compound.

A police official says a paramilitary soldier, a private security guard and a civilian were killed, along with four militants. Three other people were wounded.

Al-Qaida and Taliban militants have been threatening to attack the United States, which has fired scores of missiles at them in their northwestern strongholds over the last year and a half.

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