Militants Attack US Embassy in Peshawar

Monday, April 05, 2010

Gunfire, grenades and four car bombs have gone off near the U.S. embassy in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan today. The Associated Press reports that six people have been killed in the attack. No American causalities have been reported.

The AP reports that car bombs first exploded at a checkpoint outside the consulate. Then, militants fired mortars or grenades at the compound, a Pakistani intelligence official said. The Pakistani Taliban took credit for the attack.

The attack took place hours after a suicide bomber struck at a Pashtun nationalist party rally in Lower Dir, Pakistan, near the Afghan border. More than 40 people died and at least 100 people were wounded during the attack.

The State Department is expressing "great concern" over the attack on the consulate.

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