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US relocates staff from consulate in Peshawar

world Updated: Jun 13, 2009 20:49 IST
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The US on Saturday relocated some of the staff of its consulate in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar to the federal capital because of terrorist threats.

The relocation of the staff was a temporary measure undertaken due to terror threats, a spokesman of the US embassy said. The spokesman did not give details of the threats.

Only emergency services would be provided by the US consulate in Peshawar, the spokesman said.

Most foreign consulates and UN agencies had suspended their operations in Peshawar following Tuesday’s suicide car bomb attack on the luxury Pearl Continental hotel that killed 17 people and injured more than 50 others. Three foreigners, including two employees of UN agencies, were among those killed.

Peshawar has witnessed more violence in the wake of the bombing of the hotel, including a gun battle between soldiers and militants who tried to storm the residence of the army’s Corps Commander.

The Army today destroyed a stronghold of Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan as President Asif Ali Zardari underlined his determination to fight the terrorists to the end.

The military said it carried out air strikes in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan in retaliation for a suicide attack that killed a leading anti-Taliban scholar even as 41 rebels and a soldier were killed in fresh fighting in Swat valley and nearby areas.