Suicide car bomb in Pakistan kills US diplomat – AFP Report

Heres a Report on the blast published by AFP.

AFP – The News

Suicide car bomb in Pakistan kills US diplomat
02/03/2006 08h04

KARACHI (AFP) – A suicide car bomber rammed into a diplomatic vehicle outside the US consulate in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing an American diplomat and four other people, officials said.

The attack came two days before US President George W. Bush was due to make a high-security visit to Pakistan, an important ally in the US-led “war on terror”.

Bush himself announced that a US diplomat had died in the attack at a news conference in the Indian capital New Delhi, where he is on the second leg of a South Asian tour that has also taken in Afghanistan.
“I have been briefed on the bombings and we have lost at least one US citizen in the bombings — a foreign service officer,” Bush said following talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

But he vowed to continue with his visit, saying “terrorists and killers are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan”.

A Pakistan security official told AFP on condition of anonymity that a US consulate vehicle “was apparently hit by a suicide car bomber, blowing it into the air”.

“The car flew through the air and fell on the other side of a seven-foot high wall. One diplomat was killed and two other US diplomats were in it,” he said, adding that their Pakistani driver was also killed.

The blast ripped through the car park of the nearby five-star Marriott Hotel in the city’s highest security zone, destroying at least 10 cars, damaging others, including some from the US mission, and smashing windows.

“We are investigating the motives behind the blasts but apparently it coincided with the visit of Bush,” said Salahuddin Haider, spokesman for the government of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital.

Information minister Sheikh Rashid said the attack was the work of extremists who wanted to create problems in this region. “This attack will not impact the visit of President Bush,” he told AFP.

Islamic militants opposed to President Pervez Musharraf’s close ties to Bush have launched frequent attacks on the US consulate. A suicide car bomb outside the building in June 2002 killed 12 Pakistanis.

Haider said there was only one “powerful” bomb in Thursday’s attack and that an exploding petrol tank caused a second, low-intensity blast heard shortly afterwards.

Clouds of black smoke spewed from the blazing cars in the Marriott car park and charred vehicle parts were strewn across the area as paramedics and firefighters rushed to the scene.

Scores of police cordoned off the site, which is only separated from the US consulate by a small lane.

Karachi police Assistant Superintendent Javed Akbar said five people were killed. A headless body was found near the damaged wall of the Marriott, he said, adding that the toll could rise.

Civilians and soldiers push a car from a hotel parking lot after a bomb blast outside a five star hotel in Karachi

Officials said a paramilitary soldier on security duty was also among the dead and another body was stuck in one of the damaged cars.

Hospitals in Karachi said at least 46 people were wounded, including five paramilitary troops and four police. Many of the wounded had burn injuries, officials said.

Akbar said the blast was so powerful that it left a crater three feet deep and 10 feet wide. Parts of the blazing car ended up inside the hotel lobby, he said.

A number of shops at the upscale Sheraton hotel close to the site suffered blast damage and the wall of the Pakistan Navy hospital was also hit.

Bush made a trouble-free stopover in neighbouring Afghanistan on Wednesday before flying to New Delhi. He is due in Islamabad at the weekend.

Volatile Karachi has been wracked by extremist and sectarian bloodshed for two decades.

As well as the June 2002 suicide attack, a lone gunman opened fire on a police post next to the US consulate in February 2003, killing three policemen.

In May 2004 police discovered a car filled with high-powered liquid explosives parked outside the consulate.

A suicide car-bomb attack outside the Sheraton killed 11 French naval engineers and three Pakistani bystanders in May 2002.

20 Comments so far

  1. Illusionfs (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

    that’s so sad.

    Inna lillahi wa inna elehi rajeeoon.

    pata nahi yahan k jahil logo ko kab aqal ayegi, apnay hi behn bhaiyon ko martay hain :(

  2. Illusionfs (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 2:45 pm
  3. Tee (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 4:02 pm

    that is SO convinient. they make a bomb explode and now they’ll play the blame game! it just sooo predictible now. whenever something important is about to happen, something like this is bound to happen! this way they can arrest whomever they THINK is the culprit.

  4. Afreen (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

    What a way to tell the world, how peaceful we are…

    I just don’t understand what message we’re conveying over here? “Look, we blow up our own cars and people to stop you?”

    O__o *shakes head*

  5. Zami (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

    Jay ho MMA ki, Jay ho in jaisey Jahil logo ki!!

  6. Tee (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

    oh Zain, is the blame on MMA then? i didnt know dat!! or are u just playing along with the stereotypical image??

  7. ahmed (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

    A sick sick act why does it have to be in karachi. At first I used to think that heroin addicts and secetarian violence was our problem but now we can add suicide bombers to the list what kind of sick person thinks he can go to heaven and meet the virgins by killing himself and a bunch a people. Is there any way to stop these suicide bombers. The image of pakistan and karachi is being destroyed here. When the cartoon protests turned out violent in lahore it was all over the news here in the US and when it was karachis turn it all turned out to be peaceful i was so proud that things didnt go violent but what happened today destroyed all that. oh how I wish we could get rid of these damned terrorists and their suicide bombers
    – A sad karachite from chicago

  8. riaz (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

    well what a coincidence as soon as bush announces that he,s visiting pakistan this occurs.
    The bottom line is we can,t say who as caused this attrocity,but my mind says HINDU EXTREMISTS,who just hate to see pakistan strive.

  9. sarah (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 10:03 pm


  10. Kaash (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    If this was the “highest security zone” than how the hell on earth someone blew a 15 kg of explosive bomb? I feel for the innocent people who died for nothing.
    I know maut ka ek din maueen hai but odds of getting killed in vain is way to higher in Karachi these days. We all condemn this event but ironically there were many who praised it in the same city.
    Humari qaum ko kub uqal aye gi..kyun biLa waja muzhab kay naam pur masoom logon ka qatel-e-aam hota hai. Allah Karachites ko apnay hifz-o-amaan main rukkhay.

  11. --TBAS (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

    Riaz…2 funny, Hindu Extremists. Yea, those wild and crazy Hindu’s…going out and having those ‘extremist’ chant-in’s. I guess one might call it extreme to block traffic flow by sitting on a sidewalk.

  12. ANON THE FAKE ONE (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 10:47 pm


    May Allah protect me from ppl who write in mixed case!

  13. subsepehlepakistan (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    This totally not Karachi or Pakistan or Islam.

    This is evil & we condemn it!

  14. xia (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    Inna Lillah-e- Wa Inna Elehe raje3on. May Allah bless those who passed away and give patience to the families. Ameen.

    I think people should condemn this in a huge peaceful rally. A walk or peaceful juloos where people come out to the street even for 2 hours and condemn it. Killing of innocents and hurting people like this is not acceptable.

    Is it possible that a foreign hand is involved in this? I know, I know we have enough psychos in our own country, but we all know that several foreign agencies are active in border region with Afghanistan. It is just a thought. I mean they have everything to gain with this.

  15. xia (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    Is it possible to send letters of condolences to the consulate and embassy and to the families of the people who got killed? This would help in some ways to show that we, the people of Karachi, mostly Muslims, condemn this act of terrorism in every way.

    Some people may ask or think why the US embassy or consulate? I emphasized on the US embassy/consulate because ambassadors or visitors from other countries have to be protected against any harm at all cost. It is our responsibility and religious duty.

    U.S. Consulate General
    8 Abdullah Haroon Road
    Karachi, Pakistan

    Telephone: (92-21) 520-4200
    Fax: (92-21) 568-0496

    American Embassy
    Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
    Islamabad, Pakistan

    Telephone: (+92) 51-208-0000
    Fax: (+92) 51-2276427

    Or you can visit the US dept. of State

  16. turab (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    In this time of chaos and destruction,
    There are people with more brains with logical thinking process. Thank you Xia.

  17. Zainub (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    My mom was home when they happened and she told me they were really strong, woker her from her sleep and all the windows and doors started shaking.

  18. Zainub - Zany (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:14 am

    er…woker should have been woke …

    ps: anyone has remedies for improving one’s typing? Please send them my way, thanks.

  19. Taha (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:54 am

    Something needs to be done about the security condition here …. the attitdute of ppl has to change …. a bomb blast is a norm for a city like karachi and the ppl are so casual about it, ppl still went on with their daily lives without realising the situation ….i saw the bomb blast myself (horrible site) …. karachi looks like a warzone to me… shameful!!! …. ask yourself Are YOU safe??


  20. SWA (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:47 am

    Isnt it funny how the MMA can drill a cartoonist in another country to death for a wrong with their protesting, and disturb everybody’s lives, but when acts like this happen in their own country, it turns out some of thier extremists actually sponsored it! I dont want to play the blame game here, but MMA hasnt exactly retained a very clean or a respectable reputation till now.
    Only thing they can do now to clear up their image, is to cancel their stupid strike calls for tomorrow, and welcome Mr. Bush to the country wholeheartedly, just like Islam asks you to welcome your guests. And especially because an American was hurt in the blast at Karachi.

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