There have been a series of attacks on the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The attacks occurred intermittently from June 2002 to March 2006, due to regional instability caused by the start of the War on Terrorism. The US consulate has been described as a tempting target for terrorism.
June 2002 attackEdit
On the morning of June 14, 2002, a truck with a fertilizer bomb driven by a suicide bomber was detonated outside the United States Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. Twelve people were killed and 51 injured, all Pakistanis.
A group called al-Qanoon claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the incident is believed to have been connected with al-Qaeda and the US War on Terror although no conclusive links were proven. Several people were arrested in the aftermath of the attack, and were reported to be members of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a large insurgent organisation. In November 2004, the alleged mastermind of the attack, Naveed-ul Hassan, was arrested in Pakistan.
February 2003 shootingEdit
On February 28, 2003, gunmen killed two police officers and wounded five other officers and a civilian in front of the consulate. The attack was conducted from motorcycles, and was deliberately aimed at the paramilitary rangers who have taken over guard duties at the consulate from the Pakistani police.
March 2004 bomb plotEdit
On March 15, 2004, there was another attempt to blow up a van in front of the consulate. A grey van was stolen the day before after the driver was shot in the leg. The same van with different plates was later found parked in front of the US Consulate at 7:15 am. When the driver of the parked van was questioned by the police, he claimed that the van had broken down. Soon after, the man was picked up by another car. The police investigated the van and discovered a large blue tank filled with nearly 200 gallons of liquid explosives hooked up to a timer and two detonators. The device was deactivated.
March 2006 bombingEdit
On March 2, 2006, a suicide car bomb killed four people and injured thirty outside the Marriott Hotel in Karachi, which is about 20 yards from the consulate. Among the dead was David Foy, an American diplomat and three Pakistanis. It appears that Foy was the direct target of the bomber, who detonated his vehicle in the car park behind the consulate as Foy arrived. The bomb was reported to be the most powerful attack of its kind in Karachi, and it left a two-metre crater in the car park and destroyed at least ten nearby cars.
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- ↑ "BBC News 2002 bomb aftermath". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2045045.stm. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- ↑ "Karachi bomb 'mastermind' quizzed". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4021983.stm. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- ↑ "Karachi consulate shooting kills 2". http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/south/02/28/karachi.shooting/index.html?_s=PM:asiapcf. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- ↑ "CNN on the 2003 shooting". http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/south/03/01/karachi.shooting/. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- ↑ "BBC report on the 2006 attack". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4765170.stm. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
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