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US consulate employee kills two in Pakistan, complicating ties

Police told the Monitor that the American claimed to be acting in self-defense, but the incident could further inflame anti-US sentiment in Pakistan.

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Policemen stand next to a car, which police said a U.S consulate employee was traveling in when he was engaged in a shoot-out, after it was brought to a police station in Lahore January 27. The U.S. consulate employee shot and killed two gunmen in self-defense in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, police said.

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A US consulate employee shot dead two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore Thursday, while a third Pakistani was killed in a traffic accident in the aftermath of the shooting, according to local police officials.

Police told news agencies that the American claimed to be acting in self-defense, but the incident could raise already high-levels of anti-American sentiment in the country, an important US ally. Questions are also likely to be raised as to why the man was carrying a handgun and whether that is standard consulate practice.

Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen told the Monitor that the American identified himself as Raymond Davis, a “technical adviser” to the US Consulate in Lahore, and that he confessed to the shooting after having been chased by two assailants on a motorcycle.

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