Pakistani police escort U.S. diplomat Raymond Davis to a courthouse.The diplomat is being “unlawfully detained,” the embassy saysTwo boys in a motorcycle tried to rob the man, police sayEmbassy: The man “acted in self-defense”Their families have filed a complaint against him with Lahore police

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan is calling for the immediate release of a consular employee who allegedly shot to death two Pakistanis as they tried to rob him.


The unnamed diplomat — who has a U.S. diplomatic passport — is being “unlawfully detained” by authorities in the city of Lahore.


The American was driving in a busy area known as Kartaba Chawk on Thursday when two boys on a motorcycle tried to rob him, said police official Faisal Rana. The American shot both boys, he said.


Rana identified the American as Raymond Davis, but the embassy does not identify him in its statement.


“The diplomat acted in self-defense when confronted by two armed men on motorcycles,” the embassy said. “The diplomat had every reason to believe that the armed men meant him bodily harm.”


The two men, who have a criminal history, had robbed a Pakistani citizen at gunpoint in the same area minutes earlier, the embassy said.


The diplomat’s arrest violates the Vienna Convention, to which Pakistan is a signatory, the embassy said.


After the shooting, the boys’ families filed a complaint against the consular employee, accusing him of two murders, a police spokesman said.

Nayab Haider said the complaint, called a “first information report,” prompts an official investigation by police, who will submit their findings to a court. The court then will decide on what, if any, charges will be filed.

CNN’s Reza Sayah contributed to this report.

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