U.S. citizen who killed 2 Pakistanis is spy: media

17:01, January 28, 2011      

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Pakistani media reported Friday that a U.S. official, who shot dead two Pakistani citizens in the city of Lahore on Thursday, is a spy or working for the Blackwater.

The American employee at the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Raymond Davis, previously reported as Steve David, shot dead two Pakistani motorcyclists, city police chief Aslam Tarin said.

A pedestrian was also killed by a speeding car from the U.S. consulate which was called to help, police said.

Davis had introduced himself as Technical Advisor to the police but major Pakistani dailies reported on Friday that he was a soldier, spy and possibly a member of the Blackwater private security company.

Davis, who is now charged in murder case, told the police investigators that he fired in self-defence as the two motorcyclists had wanted to rob him.

The largely circulated Urdu language Daily Jang reported that the police suspected Davis as an American spy. It reported that he is not a diplomat and can not claim diplomatic immunity.

"The U.S. killer is a spy," The News International also quoted the police as saying.

Daily The Nation reported on its front page a Blackwater role suspected in the shooting of the two Pakistanis.

Express quoted law minister of Punjab Province, Rana Sanaullah, as saying, "It seems that the American national was on a secret mission as what he was doing in the busiest Mazang area of Lahore city."

Police sources said that the American killer will be produced in a court on Friday. Security measures have been taken outside a Lahore court.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the National Assembly that the American killer will face legal action, adding that no foreigner is entitled to carry weapons.

The U.S. State Department has said the United States will extend all help to the Pakistani authorities in investigation into the matter.

On Thursday, a group of people gathered in Lahore and blocked the road shortly after the incident by setting tyres on fire to protest against the killing.

Source: Xinhua

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