- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2002

From combined dispatches
CALCUTTA Two unidentified gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate in this eastern city and fatally shot four Indian police guards, officers said today.
Twelve others, including consulate staff, were injured in the incident, which occurred at 6:30 a.m., a police spokesman said.
Two men on a motorcycle armed with sophisticated weapons reached the consulate complex and fired indiscriminately, killing the guards, the spokesman added. No Americans were killed.
Prashanto Basu, the head of the U.S. Information Center in Calcutta, confirmed the incident and said, "We have yet to get the details."
The injured were hospitalized and undergoing treatment, the police spokesman said.
The American Center is a U.S. government building housing a library, a public affairs office and the press section, and a wing where cultural programs are held.Police said there was no indication who the attackers were.
The attack comes slightly more than a month after an assault on the Indian Parliament that left 14 persons dead. India blamed two Pakistan-based Islamic militant groups for the attack, which touched off a diplomatic clash that put India and Pakistan on a war footing.
The American Center is a landmark in Calcutta, the capital of the communist-run West Bengal state. Anti-American protests by communists and labor unions are often held there. Hundreds of students visit its library each day.


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