AT LEAST four people, including a US national, have been killed and 50 people wounded in a suicide bomb blast near the US consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, BBC News, Reuters, and the Washington Post Online reported on 2 March.
The blast tore through a parking lot of the Marriott Hotel, located next to the consulate, in a supposedly high-security zone of the port city.
Several windows of the Marriott Hotel were shattered by the blast. Police said they suspected the attack was timed to coincide with the arrival of US President George W Bush on 4 March. There has been no claim of responsibility.
According to latest reports, a suicide bomber was driving a car bomb toward the consulate when he was challenged by Pakistani security officials. He detonated the vehicle around 65 feet from the Consulate as a US Foreign Service official was entering. The diplomat has not been named.
Region References: North America, South Asia
Country References: Pakistan, United States