Terrorists attack luxury hotel in Pakistan

June 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — An organized suicide attack and bombing of a five-star hotel in Peshawar, which is the capital of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, has killed at least 10 and wounded 50 or more, according to officials. A significant number of foreigners could be among the victims including United Nations officials and an airline crew staying at the hotel. Armed militants opened fire on security guards and drove a small truck packed with explosives through the gates on Tuesday, government and security officials said. The blast, which left a crater six feet deep and 15 feet wide, partially demolished the luxury Pearl Continental Hotel, which is located near a military base and an important government building in a high-security zone.

“It was a suicide attack,” Sefwat Ghayur, Peshawar’s police chief, said.

“Occupants of a double-cabin pick-up truck forced their way in, firing at the security guards. The attackers struck their vehicle into the hotel building, and it exploded on impact.”

The attack was the latest in a series of strikes on urban centers in Pakistan in what officials have said are being carried out by Islamic extremists as revenge for a military offensive in the Swat Valley against Taliban insurgents.

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