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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2006, 14:43 GMT 15:43 UK
One killed in Pakistan explosion
A bomb in a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar has killed at least one person and injured many others, police say.

Police say the device was attached to a motorcycle. It is not clear who might have been behind the blast.

The city's police chief Habibur Rehman told AFP the device was a "time-bomb".

The blast came shortly after the US shut its consulate in the city following what officials said was a "specific and credible threat".

The mission in the North West Frontier Province capital was closed "until further notice", a spokeswoman said.

Tight security

The dead man was a policeman, while 16 other people were injured in the blast, Mr Rehman said.

"It was a time-bomb which exploded when the market was full of customers," he said.

The city was in a state of high alert following the closure of the US consulate and there was tight security around the consulate and government buildings, he said.

"There is a possibility that the terrorists wanted to strike at a different place but because of the tight security they detonated the device in the bazaar[market]."

Earlier reacting to the closure of the US mission the NWFP government told Reuters news agency the move was a "drastic step".

US missions in Pakistan have shut for security reasons a number of times. In 2002, a car bomb outside the US consulate in Karachi killed 12 people.


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