Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gunfire exchanged near U.S. Consulate in Pakistan

When I heard about this, I was with non-FS friends. They commented, yeah, that is a dangerous place. I said, "you don't understand. We have FRIENDS there!"

The Foreign Service makes the world VERY SMALL.

Gunfire exchanged near U.S. Consulate in Pakistan

(CNN) A confrontation between gunmen and security forces near the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, ended Saturday after the militants surrendered, a Pakistan military spokesman said.

Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the militants were taken into custody and two Pakistani security guards who were taken hostage have been freed. There were no casualties in the incident.

The gunfire started sometime between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. (8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET Friday) about 100 meters from the U.S. consulate, near military barracks and several other military and intelligence buildings.

All consulate employees are fine and the consulate did not appear to be the target of the attack, said Rick Snelsire, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

1 comment:

jc said...

The operative word is "near". This was an event, that other than proximity had no relation to the Consulate. It sort of bothers me that the immediate reaction of journalists (and this started with the local journalists, not CNN), is to wonder whether we are the target and to define the event in terms of us.