Suicide bombing near United States consulate murders four, including one diplomat, ahead of Bush visit to Pakistan

A suicide attacker rammed a car packed with high-intensity explosives into a vehicle carrying an American diplomat Thursday, killing four people and wounding 52 outside the U.S. consulate, ahead of this week's visit to Pakistan by U.S. President George W. Bush, police said.

Bush condemned the attack and said "terrorists and killers" would not prevent him from coming to Pakistan on the final leg of a tour of South Asia .

The blast ripped through a roadside parking lot of the Marriott Hotel, about 20 meters (yards) from the consulate gate, shattering windows at the consulate and on all 10 floors of the hotel. Ten cars were destroyed, and charred wreckage was flung as far as 200 meters (yards).

"We have reached the conclusion that it was a suicide attack, and we have found body parts of the attacker," said Niaz Sadiqui, the provincial police chief, reports the AP.

D.M.

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