US consulate employee killed in Pakistan

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani gunmen shot and killed a local employee of the US consulate in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, police said.

Police spokesman Arif Khan said attackers riding on a motorbike struck when Faisal Saeed, a computer networking specialist, was walking home in the Gulbahar area of the provincial capital.

Khan said the identity card in Saeed’s pocket revealed, and relatives confirmed, that he was employed at the consulate.

The US Embassy said officials there were aware of the report and looking into it. Militants are active in Peshawar and nearby tribal areas.

Also Monday, a suicide bomber’s explosive vest went off in the house of a progovernment tribal elder in Peshawar, killing four women, police said.

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