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Pakistani Taliban Claims Attack On U.S. Consulate Convoy In Peshawar


The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a U.S. consulate convoy in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar today.

A U.S. embassy spokesman said no U.S. personnel were seriously injured when a bomb exploded near U.S. consulate vehicles in Peshawar.

Police said the blast killed one local man and injured 10 others.

Police Chief Liaquat Ali Khan said the blast was caused by a car bomb.

"At about 8:25 a.m. (local time), an explosion occurred," Ali Khan said. "[The] explosive material was placed in a car, may be [the car] was standing on the roadside, it was parked out there or we have to {establish] if it was [moving or not] -- but [ an] explosion did take place in that car. It [contained] about 50 kilograms of explosive material."

One U.S. vehicle was damaged in the explosion.

A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking by telephone from an undisclosed location, said the group's fighters had carried out the bombing and threatened further attacks, including attacks against U.S. targets.

The Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups have vowed to revenge the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in Pakistan on May 2.

compiled from agency reports
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