Blast kills two employees of US consulate in Pakistan, soldiers

March 1, 2016 19:42


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WASHINGTON - Two local employees of the US consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and some soldiers have been killed by an explosive device while on drug-eradication mission, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

"Just this morning, I woke to the news that we had lost two local employees in Peshawar who worked with our consulate there who were going out on a effort to eradicate narcotics fields," Kerry told an event in Washington on countering violent extremism.

"An IED exploded and several were lost; a few of the soldiers who were there to guard them also," Kerry said.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said the incident occurred on Tuesday when the two Pakistani employees were traveling in a Pakistani government Anti-Narcotics Force convoy in Ambar tehsil, in the Mohmand Agency of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

"The US government strongly condemns the attack," Kirby said, adding that the United States was offering its assistance to Pakistan in investigating the incident and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

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