March 02, 2006

U.S. Consulate Bombed in Pakistan, American Killed

President Bush is scheduled to visit Pakistan in a few days. Keep an eye on Pakistan. Should anything happend to the present dictator, Musharraf, it would be disastrous for the U.S. Pakistan has nuclear weapons, is absolutely filled with extremists, and has a history of supporting terrorism.

In late 2004, a bomb ripped through a Marriot hotel in Islamabad.

AKI:

Initial inquiries into Thursday's suspected suicide boimbing outside the US consulate in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi which killed at least four people — including an American diplomat - suggest that the explosive was packed in a Pakistan Navy vehicle. However, the reports have yet to be officially verified. Sources told Adnkronos International (AKI) that several underground militant groups had recently threaten to commit acts of violence after the arrest of some of their members. The attack comes just days before US president George W. Bush is scheduled to visit Pakistan.

The blast occurred at 8.50 am near the Marriot hotel and the US consulate in Karachi. The area where the explosion took place was a car park reserved for hotel staff, and is normally off-limits to outsiders. At the time of explosion, the only car that did not belong to the any member of the hotel staff, was that of the Pakistan Navy. The blast created a crater some 3 metres wide.

The American consulate in Karachi has yet to comment on the blast but Bush who is currently in India as part of his first visit since he became president in 2001, has confirmed that one foreign service officer was killed in the blast. He also said that the attack would not affect his visit to Pakistan.

Vital Perspectives has continuing coverage of the unfolding events.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:26 AM | Comments |