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Bush not terrorised by blasts

"Terrorists are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan," US Prez said.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 21:24 IST

US President George W Bush will visit Pakistan despite a terrorist attack in the port town of Karachi in which two persons were killed.

"Terrorists and killers cannot prevent me from going to Pakistan," he told a press conference in New Delhi.

He said he has been briefed that at least one US citizen was killed in the attack on the US consulate in Karachi.

Bush also extended his condolences to the people of Pakistan who suffered due to the attack.

A suspected suicide car bomb exploded on Thursday near the US consulate in Karachi two days before US President George W Bush was due to visit Pakistan, killing five people and injuring dozens, officials said.

The explosions ripped through the car park of the five-star Marriott Hotel next to the consulate in the city's highest security zone, destroying at least 10 cars, damaging others including some from the US mission, and smashing windows, a witness said.

"We are investigating the motives behind the blasts but apparently it coincided with the visit of Bush," said Salahuddin Haider, spokesman for the government of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital.

Islamic militants opposed to President Pervez Musharraf's close ties to Bush have launched frequent attacks on the US consulate. A suicide car bomb outside the building in June 2002 killed 12 Pakistanis.

The US consulate is only separated from the blast site by a small lane.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 10:21 IST