Pakistan Arrests Six Suspects in Blast That Killed U.S. Diplomat

From Times Wire Services

Authorities said Friday that they had arrested six militants suspected in a suicide car bombing that killed an American diplomat and three Pakistanis outside the U.S. Consulate.

The March 2 blast killed diplomat David Foy, the Pakistanis and the bomber on the eve of a visit to Pakistan by President Bush.

“The recent suicide attack on the U.S. Consulate in Karachi has been resolved and the culprits arrested,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement, quoting Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

An intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, described the six detainees as co-conspirators of the Pakistani suicide attacker, identified as Raja Tahir.


The suspects have been handed over to the police, the official said, without providing further details.

The six were not named.

Security officials said the blast was aimed at disrupting Bush’s visit to the South Asian country, but the president went ahead with his trip to the capital, Islamabad.