There has been an attack on the US Consulate in Pakistan’s volatile North West Province. A series of powerful explosions rocked the heavily protected area where the consulate is located.
According to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, the US Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the attack. US Embassy spokesperson Ariel Howard said:
We can confirm there has been an attack at the US Consulate Peshawar facilities.
It was not clear how the attack was carried out or the number of casualties or damage to the consulate and the area. Peshawar resident Siraj Afridi said:
I saw attackers in two vehicles. Some of them carried rocket-propelled grenades. They first opened fire at security personnel at the post near the consulate and then blasts went off.
In a news Red Alert, the global analyst network, STRATFOR, said gunfire was heard, and added that the attackers wore military uniforms. They apparently also shot rockets at the US Consulate building.
STRATFOR said two of the blasts were just ”20 yards from the main entrance of the building,” as Pakistani soldiers took up defensive positions on the road outside. The network also said eight to 10 attackers were involved and some buildings collapsed because of the intensity of the blasts.