PESHAWAR At least eight people including three personnel of security forces were killed and 28 others injured in three consecutive bomb blasts took place near American Consulate here on Monday. The three deadly blasts, out of which two were reported to be car bomb blasts, took place within 15 minutes (1:20 pm to 1:35 pm) in the central area of Peshawar Saddar. However, they all occurred near the American Consulate in Peshawar. The blasts with thundering voice were heard in far-flung areas of the district and also followed by severe exchange of fire. Three security men including personnel of the Army, police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) were also killed while two civilians were also among the dead. Three dead bodies were found from the spot of the blasts, which, according to the SSP Investigation Ghulam Hussain, could not be identified yet. The blasts also left 28 persons injured, he added while talking to TheNation. He informed that besides high explosive material, rockets were also fit in the two cars to further increase the intensity of the attacks. According to the eyewitnesses, some people embarking on two vehicles first opened fire on the security forces check-post near American Consulate than thereafter the bomb blasts happened. Emergency has been declared in all the hospitals of Peshawar and the injured persons have been rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) and CMH-Peshawar wherein conditions of some the injured were told to be critical by hospital sources. The security forces have cordoned off the adjacent areas and Khyber Road was also closed for all kind of traffic. Meanwhile, aerial surveillance of the area has also been carried out with help of helicopters of the security forces. According to the sources, the attackers were wearing the FC uniforms and first carried out an attack on a security forces vehicle at Shama Junction on the venue of the blasts and they also used two mortars during their attacks. One of the sidewalls of American Consulate was also damaged in the attack. Talking to the media persons on the spot of the blasts, NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said that the blasts were of immense intensity that also caused damage to several buildings including his own house. He added that suicide jackets were also recovered from the area, which were being defused by the security personnel. He claimed that four terrorists were also killed during the attack, adding that due to effective and tightened security in the area, the terrorists could not succeed in entering American Consulate. Sources informed TheNation that at the time of the attacks there were 100 employees and officials in the American Consulate in Peshawar, who were shifted to safe places with the help of helicopters. The NWFP Information, Transport and Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Iftikhar Hussain has strongly condemned the blasts took place in Peshawar and Lower Dir and expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. The Minister, in his condemnation statement, said that the terrorists were the enemies of this land as well as the people and they did not want progress of the country. He said that attack on the workers rally of his party in Lower Dir was very condemnable who were celebrating the renaming of NWFP. It is high time to get united against these anti-state elements and to defeat the menace of terrorism, said Mian Iftikhar. Agencies add: The United States condemned the terrorist attack, saying at least two Pakistani security guards employed by the consulate were killed and a number of others were seriously wounded. The coordinated attack involved a vehicle suicide bomb and terrorists attempting to enter the building using grenades and weapons fire, said the US embassy in Islamabad. All the blasts went off within 20 minutes. Clouds of black smoke engulfed the whole city. Police said two car bombs exploded - at a checkpoint 50 metres from the mission and the second laden with about 100 kilograms of explosives close to the consulate gate, followed by an exchange of fire. Peshawar city police chief Liaquat Ali said that eight people were killed - four militants, two paramilitary soldiers, a policeman and a civilian. We dont know how many people were in the vehicles. The vehicles were blown to pieces, he told reporters. The security barrier near the US consulate gate was damaged, and shells from rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades were left flying in the area, which was sealed off by police and army. The miscreants are trying to spread panic among people in a desperate attempt to undermine the governments operation against terrorists, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. They came in two vehicles. The militants were well-equipped. It was a well-organised attack, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, senior minister in the North West Frontier Province government headquartered in the city, told reporters. He said no foreigner was killed in the blasts. The situation is now under control, he said, adding that six people were killed in the attempted attack and subsequent gun battle with security services, including four militants and a policeman. They (security forces) have killed four militants. Four dead bodies are lying on the spot. The whole area is encircled by the army. The militants were trying to enter the American consulate, but they did not succeed, he said. The assault on the tightly guarded consulate came hours after the bomb blast at a gathering of supporters of Awami National Party in Timergarah killed 44 people. I saw attackers in two vehicles. Some of them carried rocket-propelled grenades. They first opened fire at security personnel at the post near the consulate and then blasts went off, city resident Siraj Afridi told Reuters. A intelligence official said no one was wounded inside the US complex but three of its guards had been killed. It was a well-planned attack. It was a suicide attack but no one was hurt inside the consulate, said the official. A TV channel showed shaky pictures of three men, apparently attackers, holding their arms up in surrender when a blast hit the area. The blasts threw clouds of white smoke into the sky and residents said soldiers had cordoned off the scene and ordered people to remain in doors. Helicopters hovered overhead. Liaqat Ali, chief of police in Peshawar said five people including a policeman, were killed.