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US consulate employee shot dead in Pakistan No claim of responsibility for the killing

 PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11, (AFP): Unknown gunmen on Monday shot dead a Pakistani employee of the US consulate in the northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on Faisal Saeed, 30, outside his residence in Peshawar, senior police official Najibur Rehman told AFP. Rehman identified Saeed as a former employee of the US consulate in Peshawar, but the US embassy in Islamabad said he was a staff member. “Local authorities are investigating a tragic incident that has affected a Pakistani national US Consulate Peshawar employee,” a US Embassy spokeswoman said in a statement. “We strongly condemn this brutal and senseless death, and express our heartfelt condolences to the family,” she said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing. Peshawar is a frontline city in Pakistan’s battle against Islamist insurgents.

Since July 2007, Pakistan has been gripped by a local Taleban-led insurgency, concentrated largely in the northwest. The government says more than 40,000 people have been killed in Pakistan by Taleban and al-Qaeda-led militants, who oppose the country’s alliance with the United States

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