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US official Raymond Davis on Lahore murder charges

28 January 2011 Last updated at 07:09 ET

A US consular employee has appeared in court charged with the murder of two motorcyclists who were shot dead in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Raymond Davis told the court he had fired his gun in self-defence.

Another person was run over and killed by a vehicle carrying Mr Davis's colleagues as they came to his aid, police and witnesses have said.

The man involved in the shooting was a consular official, said the US embassy in Islamabad. It did not give his role.

"The US embassy is working with Pakistani authorities to determine the facts," it said in a statement.

Lahore's police chief, Aslam Tareen, told the BBC Mr Davis was employed on "security duties" in the consulate.

He did not have diplomatic immunity and was not one of the foreign security personnel allowed to carry firearms, according to the Pakistani authorities.

Mr Tareen said a Glock pistol had been recovered from Mr Davis and that pistols had also been found on the two men shot dead.

Mr Davis is said to have told police that the motorcycle rider and his pillion passenger had been trying to hijack his vehicle at gunpoint.

We will not accept any [American] pressure in this case”

Police said he told officers that he had withdrawn money from a cash machine shortly before the incident.

Pakistani investigators have said the two men were probably robbers, although relatives dispute this.

The funerals of the three people killed in the incident are expected to take place later on Friday.

More than 100 protesters blocked the road in the aftermath of Thursday's incident, setting tyres ablaze.

'Rambo goes berserk'

Demonstrators later gathered outside the police station where the foreigner's car - a white Honda Civic with a Lahore registration plate - was impounded.

Details of the shooting are still unclear, but a salesman, Mohammad Ramzan, told Dawn newspaper that he had seen a foreigner rushing from a car holding a gun.

"Within seconds he trained his gun at two motorcyclists standing at the Qurtaba Chowk traffic signal and opened fire," Mr Ramzan said.

Police said that the foreigner had used a radio to call colleagues for help immediately after the shooting - and that a second consular car turned up to rescue him.

It is believed the third person killed was run over by the vehicle as it sped to his aid.

The foreigner had tried to flee the scene, but two traffic wardens chased and detained him nearby before handing him over to police, chief traffic officer Ahmad Mobeen told Dawn.

One of the shot motorcyclists has been identified in the Pakistani media as Faizan Haider, who was thought to be in his early 20s.

His older brother reportedly said the dead man had only ever carried a pistol for personal protection, and that the firearm was licensed.

"My brother was innocent, he was not a criminal. We need justice," he was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

A headline in The Nation, a right-wing newspaper that often publishes anti-American commentary, said, "'American Rambo' goes berserk in Lahore". It described Mr David as an undercover US spy.

The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in Pakistan says the incident could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

State department spokesman Philip Crowley told journalists in Washington: "We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does not affect the strategic partnership that we're building with Pakistan."

"And we'll work as hard as we can to explain that to the Pakistani people."

But Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the US would not be allowed to sway Pakistani authorities' handling of the incident.

"We will not accept any pressure in this case. The guilty will be punished and the innocent will get justice," he told journalists, reports AFP.

Many Pakistanis resent the US because of regular air strikes carried out by its drone aircraft in north-west Pakistan, and because of America's role in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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Added: Jan-28-2011 Occurred On: Jan-28-2011
By: gregory_peckory
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    • We buy him back!

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    • Looks like this guy's been "sheep-dipped" by whatever alphabet soup agency he's working for.
      I'm thinking he'll be hung out to dry by the sounds of it.

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    • A lot of BAKSHEESH will have to change hands before this guy goes free ... good thing for this guy the Fed can just pull millions out of thin air ... by the way thing's are shaping up, he'll need it.

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  • The Nation isn't right wing, it's left wing. And it doesn't use anti-American commentary

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  • 'foreigner'..racist pigs!

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  • I guess Hilary will have to tell the pakis how things are..........

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