US shuts consulate in Peshawar
The US consulate in Pakistan's northwestern city has temporarily shut down after receiving a telephone threat.india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 13:51 IST
The US consulate in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar has temporarily shut down after receiving a telephone threat, officials said on Tuesday.
"The consulate is closed for all services for temporary period," a US consulate spokesman said declining to give the reasons for the shutdown.
A Pakistani security official and local media said that the mission in the conservative city near the Afghan border was shut down late Monday for security reasons.
The security official said that the consulate closed following a threatening telephone call received by an official at the mission.
"We are trying to trace the unidentified caller," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Peshawar Police chief Said Wazir said that "adequate" security measures were in place at the US consulate.
On March 2 a suicide car bomber killed an American diplomat and two others outside the US consulate in the southern city of Karachi, on the eve of President George W Bush's visit to Pakistan.
Officials suspect an Al-Qaeda linked group opposed to President Pervez Musharraf was behind the attack.
Pakistan, a major US non-NATO ally, has played a key role in combating Al-Qaeda militants after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
First Published: Mar 28, 2006 11:13 IST