U.S.'s Kerry says two local employees, soldiers, killed in Pakistan blast

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 01, 2016 9:37 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two local employees of the U.S. consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar have been killed by an explosive device along with some soldiers while on drug-eradication mission, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

"Just this morning, I woke to the news that we had lost two local employees in Peshawar who worked with our consulate there who were going out on a effort to eradicate narcotics fields," Kerry told an event in Washington on countering violent extremism.

"An IED exploded and several were lost; a few of the soldiers who were there to guard them also," Kerry said. He gave no other details of the incident.

State Department spokesmen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Susan Heavey)