At least three persons died while 18 others sustained injuries when an explosively-laden vehicle rammed an SUV belonging to the United States Consulate in Peshawar.

According to the  security officials, the blast occurred at Abdara road in University Town, a posh area of the city.

According to the media reports the bomb-proof vehicle of US was destroyed in the blast, whereas, several other vehicles and five to six nearby buildings were also damaged.

A statement by the US embassy rejected the reports that two American Consulate personnel were killed in the incident, saying only two US personnel and two Pakistani staffers sustained injuries.

It observed, We stand ready to work with Pakistani authorities on a full investigation so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice”.

Earlier, Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain claimed that two American officials were also killed in the incident.

The explosion left a four-feet-wide and eight-feet-deep crater on the road and uprooted electricity poles in the vicinity.

CCPO Peshawar Imtiaz Altaf while talking to the media confirmed that 110 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.

Officials at the Khyber Teaching Hospital confirmed that three dead bodies had been received and 19 injured people had been brought in for treatment after the blast.

The injured also included 2 children, 2 women and 3 police officials and few foreigners as well, they added.

Federal Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir Khan confirmed that two foreigners had been injured in the attack.

In the meantime, the US embassy also confirmed that two foreigners were injured in the blast who were shifted to the US Club in another consulate vehicle immediately after the attack.

The passport of a US national was also found from the site of the explosion, report said.

Peshawar is the main city in northwest Pakistan and the gateway to the lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border, where Taliban and al Qaeda militants have strongholds.