However, US officials have denied Pakistani police reports that two Americans were among five people killed in a bombing in the country’s northwest. According to officials in the city of Peshawar, the group were victims of a suicide car bomb attack targeting a US consulate vehicle. The attack took place in an area near a UN refugee agency building, the US consulate and the offices of several foreign aid organizations. Nineteen other people were injured in the blast. A US embassy official contradicted a statement by the regional information minister. “No Americans were killed,” he said. Earlier Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the regional information minister commented: “This is a dangerous move from the terrorists. They want to terrorize the foreigners.” An intelligence official confirmed the US consulate car was the target of the attack, with another saying the suicide bomber ploughed his vehicle into it. Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf said the car bomb was loaded with up to 110 kilograms of explosives, including more than 10 mortar rounds.]]>

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