Asia

Pakistan bomb kills two outside Iran's Peshawar consulate

  • 24 February 2014
  • From the section Asia
Pakistani security personnel gather outside the Iranian consulate following a suicide bomb attack in Peshawar on February on February 24, 2014.
Image caption Reports said the bomber blew himself up when stopped at a checkpost outside the consulate

Two Pakistani security guards have been killed in a suspected suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in the city of Peshawar, police say.

The blast in the University Town area left about 10 others injured.

Reports said the bomber blew himself up after being stopped at a security post.

A group allied to the Pakistani Taliban claimed the attack, saying it would attack Shias everywhere. Sectarian violence is on the rise in Pakistan but attacks on Iranian targets are rare.

Neighbouring Iran, which is predominantly Shia, condemned the bombing.

Its foreign ministry urged regional countries to co-operate closely to combat the "spread of terror acts and extremism".