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The US consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has been attacked by militants. Three people are reported killed. The Pakistani Taliban said they carried it out.

There was a series of explosions in the area around the consulate. Witnesses reported seeing a gun battle as militants attacked an army checkpoint near the consulate with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

One report says those who died were a soldier, a private security guard and a civilian. No US casualties have been reported.

In a separate attack at Timergarah north of Peshawar 38 people have been killed in an apparent suicide bombing at a political rally. Police say the bomber tried to get into the meeting and blew himself up when he was stopped at the entrance.

Dozens more people were injured. The ANP, the ethnic Pashtun nationalist party holding the meeting, heads a coalition in North West Frontier province. It is a largely secular party fiercely opposed to Taliban militants who have attacked their gatherings before. Last year saw a major offensive against the Taliban in the area.