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Attack on US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan

At least seven people have died after militants attacked the US consulate in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar.
There were several explosions in the area near the consulate and buildings collapsed. A gun battle between police and the attackers followed.

Pakistan's main Taliban faction said it had carried out the raid.
The raid came hours after 43 people died in a suicide attack about 80 km (50 miles) north-east of Peshawar.
The bomber targeted a crowded rally held by a Pashtun nationalist party in Timergara, Lower Dir.
'Great concern'
Investigators suspect it was co-ordinated with the Peshawar attack, in which police told the BBC four militants and three security personnel died.
Americans are our enemies - we carried out the attack on their consulate, we plan more such attacks
Azam Tariq
Taliban spokesman

There were no reported US casualties and it is not clear if the US consulate building suffered any damage.
The White House condemned the attack and expressed "great concern".
Officials said the attack was well organised, but order had been restored.
The militants struck near Shama Square, a major crossroads at the northern end of Peshawar's cantonment area, near the US consulate.
There are also some army barracks and offices of the army's Military Intelligence in the vicinity.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene said two of the explosions were just 20m from the consulate, which is in a heavily fortified area.
Ilyas Khan
M Ilyas Khan, BBC News, Islamabad

Monday's attack in Peshawar appears to be similar to recent gun-and-bomb raids in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
These have been co-ordinated assaults, with several gunmen moving in alongside suicide bombers to force their way into a facility - this time the "prized" US consulate.
The Pakistani Taliban were apparently aiming for a feat to match the one last December in Khost, Afghanistan, in which several American CIA officials were killed.
Another reason could be to try to ease military pressure on militants in Orakzai tribal district, where the Pakistani security forces launched a major operation last week.
America's presence in Afghanistan and US drone strikes on militant targets in Pakistan's tribal areas make the US a top target for the Taliban.
Pakistani police officer Ghulam Hussain told AFP news agency: "The target was certainly the American consulate but they didn't succeed in getting there.
"One of the suicide bombers blew himself up close to the gate. Police guarding the US consulate started retaliatory fire.
"More blasts took place. We have recovered unexploded material from four different points," he said.
Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq said his group had carried out the raid.
"Americans are our enemies. We carried out the attack on their consulate in Peshawar. We plan more such attacks," he told Reuters news agency.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the bombers as "miscreants trying to spread panic", reports AFP.
TV footage showed army soldiers taking battle positions on the main Khyber Road where the blasts took place.
Witnesses told BBC Urdu a couple of armoured vehicles parked outside the consulate caught fire.
Feb 2010: Three US military trainers die in bomb near Lower Dir school
Aug 2008: Top US diplomat evades Peshawar gun attack
Mar 2006: Suicide bomb kills US diplomat near same consulate
Feb 2003: Gunmen kill two policemen outside same consulate
June 2002: 12 Pakistanis die in bomb at Karachi US consulate
"I saw attackers in two vehicles. Some of them carried rocket-propelled grenades," Peshawar resident Siraj Afridi told Reuters.
The BBC's Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says that this is the first successful attack against a US facility in Pakistan target in four years.
In 2006, a US diplomat was killed by a suicide car bomber near the US consulate in Karachi, days before a visit to Pakistan by then US President George W Bush.
Peshawar, which is on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas, has been frequently targeted by Islamist militants.
Analysts say the attacks appear to be in response to a major security operation launched in the Orakzai tribal region near Peshawar last week.
Map of Peshawar 


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