|Suicide bomber targets Iranian consulate in Pakistan||
TEHRAN – Iran strongly condemned the suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday which killed a number of Pakistani police forces.
In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham warned about the spread of terrorist acts and violence, specifically in diplomatic areas, and called for close cooperation between all countries to fight sectarian violence and extremism.
According to Reuters, two security guards were killed and more than a dozen people wounded in the suicide bombing.
Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad, Alireza Haqiqian, told the Mehr News Agency that none of the Iranian staff were injured in the bombing, however he said the embassy building has been damaged by the blast.
“It was a suicide blast. A man walked up to the checkpost outside the foreign mission after parking his car nearby. The man blew himself up when he was stopped by security men,” a local police officer told Reuters.
A spokesman for Pakistani group Mast Gul, once acclaimed in Pakistan for his role fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, claimed responsibility. The group is affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban.
“We sent a suicide bomber to target the Iranian consulate and Iranians inside the building,” the spokesman said.
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