SLUG: 2-300178 Pakistan / U-S Shooting (S & L Update)
TITLE=PAKISTAN / U-S SHOOTING (S&L UPDATE)
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INTRO: In Pakistan, two policemen have been killed and six
people wounded in a gun attack outside the American consulate in the
southern port city of Karachi. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
TEXT: Pakistani authorities say a gunman with a pistol opened fire
on a policeman near the U-S diplomatic mission in Karachi. He then
grabbed the wounded officer's machinegun and began firing at
security personnel guarding the consulate building across the road.
Regional police chief Kamal Shah told reporters that police arrested the
assailant after a chase through a nearby park and recovered the machinegun.
The policemen were targeted primarily. Two of our officers have lost
their lives. A total (of) six (people) are injured. Four are policemen,
one belongs to rangers (paramilitary force) and one is a civilian (a
passerby). Fortunately one of the criminals has been arrested. We are
going to interrogate him.
Earlier reports suggested the man is an Afghan national. But police
chief Shah says they have yet to determine the identity and motives for
A U-S embassy spokesman in Islamabad told V-O-A that no consular personnel were hurt in the shooting.
Police sealed off the road outside the diplomatic mission after the
incident, and witnesses say American officials could be seen inspecting
This is the second attack outside the U-S consulate in Karachi in less
than a year. A suicide car bombing in June killed 12 Pakistanis. Five
suspected Islamic militants are currently on trial for their alleged
involvement in that attack.
There have been several deadly strikes against minority Christians and
foreigners in Pakistan in the past year. The violence is blamed on
extremist forces linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network, who are angry about Pakistan's support for the U-S led war on terrorism. (SIGNED)
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