The two consulate employees who died were Pakistani, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said, and “a number of others were seriously wounded.”
At least six people were killed in all, a government official said.
The coordinated attack involved a vehicle suicide bomb and attackers who tried to enter the consulate by using grenades and weapons fire, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.
The blasts in the capital of the North West Frontier Province came hours after a suicide attack killed at least 30 people and wounded 50 others in another part of the province.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. In a phone call to CNN, Azam Tariq, spokesman for
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, said the group was behind the attacks in Peshawar and Dir.
The U.S. Embassy, in its statement, said the two attacks reflect “the terrorists’ desperation as they are rejected by people throughout Pakistan.”
Peshawar is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Islamabad, the country’s capital.