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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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Mexican Mayoral Candidate Found Dead.

Ricardo Reyes Zamudio, a Mexican mayoral candidate, has been found dead after he was kidnapped Sunday while attending a funeral. 

His body was discovered Monday in Tayoltita, a rural mining town in the northwestern state of Durango, covered in bullet holes,BBC News reported

Zamudio was a member of the leftist Citizen’s Movement party and a candidate for mayor of the northern municipality of San Dimas. He is the third politician to be killed in less than a week, as Mexico is preparing for its first elections since last year’s presidential vote, set for July 7, Reuters reported.

“The cowardly killer of comrade Reyes is part of an alarming climate of violence and impunity, which seems to be aimed at inspiring terror … before the elections next Sunday,” said the Citizen’s Movement party in a statement. 

It remains unclear who was behind the killing. 

Zamudio’s death is the most recent in a string of violence against politicians this week. A candidate for the state legislature in Oaxaca was shot multiple times and is now in critical condition, just days after Nicolas Estrada, leader of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, was found dead by police, according to Reuters. 

Also this week, two political candidates in Sinaloa state, which neighbors Durango, dropped out of the race after a member of their coalition was killed. 

The Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s several powerful gangs, controls organized crime in the region, and is believed to be behind the rash of killings in the region.

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