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Embassy car driven by US diplomat kills motorcyclist in Pakistan

A statement released by the US Embassy confirmed the accident. The embassy is in contact with the local authorities to probe into the incident, a statement said.

A Pakistani journalist examines a car of the American diplomate parked inside a police station after the accident in Islamabad on Saturday. (Photo: AP) A Pakistani journalist examines a car of the American diplomate parked inside a police station after the accident in Islamabad on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

A US embassy car hit a motorcycle here in Pakistan on Saturday, killing a man on the spot and injuring one other. The US defence air attache, who was driving the white Land Cruiser, hit the motorcyclists near Islamabad’s Daman-e-Koh area.

The US official was not arrested owing to their diplomatic immunity, however, the police took custody of the vehicle.

A statement released by the US Embassy confirmed the accident. The embassy is in contact with the local authorities to probe into the incident, the statement added.

“The embassy has been cooperating in the investigation,” a police official said. Police also said that the white color SUV was driven by Colonel Joseph Emanuel at the time of accident.

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In 2011, American intelligence operative Raymond Davis, 42, was arrested in Lahore on charges of killing two Pakistani citizens and thus kicked off a huge diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

Pakistani authorities had charged him with murder, but the Obama administration insisted he is an “administrative and technical official” attached to its Lahore consulate and has diplomatic immunity.

First published on: 08-04-2018 at 11:45:44 am
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