Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gunmen Overtook Americans in Traffic Pakistani Prime Minister Denounces Fatal Attack as Terrorism Campaign

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gunmen Overtook Americans in Traffic Pakistani Prime Minister Denounces Fatal Attack as Terrorism Campaign

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The white Toyota van carrying workers to the U.S. Consulate halted in the heavy morning traffic at a red light. A yellow Suzuki taxi also stopped, and two men with AK-47s leaped out.

The gunmen methodically sprayed the van with bullets, firing first into the front windshield and then into the back. When they sped away, two Americans were dead or dying in the van's blood-drenched interior. A third was seriously wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack, characterized by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as "part of a well-planned campaign of terrorism."

President Bill Clinton called the shooting a "cowardly act." An FBI team was dispatched to Pakistan to help investigate.

The shootings occurred just weeks before Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to visit Pakistan - although not Karachi - as part of an Asian tour. The White House said her trip would not be affected.

The motive for the killings was unclear.

Quoting an unidentified senior Clinton administration official, The Washington Post reported today that one of the Americans killed was an intelligence agent working under diplomatic cover.

The report did not say which victim it was but said the U.S government does not believe this was the motive for the slayings. Instead, the official said, investigators believe it was a payback for the extradition last month of the man accused of masterminding the World Trade Center bombing in New York, or was related to ethnic violence in Pakistan.

Americans who work at the consulate, already under a heightened state of security because of gunbattles in the city, were advised to stay home.

On Wednesday morning, a Pakistani driver went to the diplomatic enclave to pick up Jackie Van Landingham, 33, a secretary from Camden, S.C.; Gary C. Durell, 45, a communications technician from Alliance, Ohio; and Mark McCloy, 31, of Framingham, Mass. …

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