Suicide Bomb Hits US Vehicle in Pakistan

19 Pakistanis injured along with 2 Americans as car bomb explodes in busy street
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2012 6:26 AM CDT
2 Killed as Pakistan Suicide Bomb Hits US Vehicle
Officials and rescue volunteers gather at the bombing site in Peshawar, Pakistan earlier today.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

(Newser) – A bomb attack on a US consular vehicle in Peshawar today killed two Pakistanis, while injuring two American consulate workers and at least 19 Pakistanis on the busy street, reports the AP. Other reports said that five were killed in the suicide bombing, including the Americans, according to the Hindustan Times, but the US embassy denied that claim. "We stand ready to work with Pakistani authorities on a full investigation so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice," said the US embassy in a statement.

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Local police said that the attacker's car contained about 240 pounds of explosives. A crater was left in the road, and the explosion ripped apart the consular SUV. "I quickly looked back in panic to see smoke and dust erupt from the scene," said one local resident. "I ran toward the scene along with others and saw two vehicles destroyed and the larger vehicle on fire." (Read more Peshawar stories.)

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