US consulate car carried fake number plate: Report
Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011, 19:44
Lahore: A US consulate car, which knocked down and killed a man while it was speeding to assist an American who had shot dead two suspected robbers in Pakistan's Lahore city, had a fake number plate, a media report said on Friday.

The car, which hit two pedestrians near the scene of the shooting yesterday killing one of them who was identified as Abadur Rehman, carried a fake number plate, 'Geo News' reported, quoting unnamed sources.

The car was actually registered in the name of one Sufi Munawwar Hussain, a resident of Sahiwal district, it said.

The consulate staff in the vehicle was on their way to aid an American employee -- identified by media reports as Raymond Davis, who had shot and killed two motorcycle-borne men, who pulled up alongside his car at a traffic light and apparently tried to rob him in Mazang Chowke area here.

Senior police officer Umar Saeed said yesterday that the American had told police he had withdrawn money from an ATM shortly before the incident, raising the possibility the two men were following him.

Others police officers said the men were possibly robbers and carrying pistols.

The American has been booked for murder and will be prosecuted according to Pakistani laws, Rana Sanaullah, the Law Minister of Punjab province, said.


First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011, 19:44

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