US diplomat detained in Pakistan after car hits two

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Islamabad, April 30 (IANS) Police on Monday said an American diplomat was detained after his car hit and injured two motorcyclists here.

Police said the diplomat, Chad Rex Ausburn, was driving a Toyota Jeep on the Constitution Avenue at Secretariat Chowk around 9.40 p.m. on Sunday when he struck two motorcyclists who were rushed to a hospital.

Police officer Najeeb ur Rehman told the media that the injured were in stable condition, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said the driver was taken to a police station and would be released after the Foreign Ministry confirms his diplomatic status.

It is the second time that US diplomats were involved in a road accident in Islamabad.

A vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, Defence and Air Attache of the US Embassy, crushed to death a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad on April 7.

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The Islamabad High Court has instructed the government not to allow the diplomat to leave the country until his case is decided by the court.

–IANS

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