Two killed in suicide attack outside Iranian consulate in Pakistan

Two security guards wee killed in an attack on the Iranian consulate.
Two security guards wee killed in an attack on the Iranian consulate.

 PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Two security guards were killed and more than a dozen people wounded on Monday in a suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in Peshawar in northwest Pakistan, police said.

 The attack was in an area housing offices of foreign diplomatic missions and non-governmental organizations in the sprawling city on the Afghan border.

“It was a suicide blast. A man walked up to the checkpost outside the foreign mission after parking his car nearby. The man blew himself up when he was stopped by security men,” a local police officer told Reuters.
 
 The wounded were taken to hospital where the condition of five was serious.
 
A spokesman for Pakistani jihadist Mast Gul, once acclaimed in Pakistan for his role fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, claimed responsibility. The group is affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting to topple the government.
              “We sent a suicide bomber to target the Iranian consulate and Iranians inside the building,” the spokesman said.
              “They unfortunately remained safe.
              “We will continue to target Iranian installations and the Shi’a community everywhere,” he added.
              Iran is Pakistan’s predominantly Shi’ite Muslim neighbor to the west. Radical Sunni militants frequently attacks Shi’ite targets   and mosques in Pakistan, describing minority Shi’ites as infidels to be exterminated.
             
Shi’ite Pakistani pilgrims are often attacked as they travel across the country to visit holy Shi’ite sites in Iran.
             
The attack on the Iranian consulate came as the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tries to engage the Taliban in peace talks. Negotiations broke down this month after a string of attacks and counter-attacks by both sides.
 (Reporting by Jibran Ahmed; Writing by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Maria Golovnina and Andrew Roche)
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Motar Fire and Car Bomb Reported Near French Embassy in Yemen.

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SANAA — A mortar shell was fired overnight in the direction of the French embassy in Yemen, while a car bomb exploded metres away in Sanaa’s diplomatic quarter, a police source said Monday.

“The two attacks happened after midnight. There were no victims,” the source said.

The shell fell by a concrete block, installed for security reasons on a road leading to the embassy, he added.

That blast came shortly after a car exploded on the nearby main road.

“The shell landed about thirty metres (yards) from the wall of the French embassy,” while the car “was parked halfway between the embassy and the residence of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital?s diplomatic district of Hadda, the same source said.

Those explosions came shortly after two devices went off in a minibus parked in the centre of Sanaa not far from the defence ministry, also causing no casualties, a military source said.

Such violent acts have increased in Yemen where Shiite Huthi rebels have been pushing out from the mountains of the far north to areas closer to Sanaa to expand their hoped-for autonomous unit in a promised federal Yemen.

That prospect of a federal Yemen was originally mooted as a way to address grievances of the formerly independent south, where tensions are high as secessionist violence rises.

Al-Qaeda militants have also seized foreigners in the poor country which is undergoing a difficult transition since nationwide Arab Spring protests that forced Saleh to step down in February 2012 after 33 years in power.

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