Suicide attack on Pakistani hotel

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    A suicide bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar, has killed 15 people and injured at least 60.

    Gunmen stormed the outer security barrier at the Pearl Continental Hotel before blowing up a vehicle containing, police say, 500kg of explosives.

    Two foreign citizens - both UN workers - were killed and several were injured.

    A series of bombs have hit cities, including Peshawar, since a government crackdown on Taliban militants.

    Peshawar, the main city in the country's north-west, is not far from the Swat valley, where the government offensive has been concentrated.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani swiftly condemned the attack but the blast hardly comes as a surprise, says the BBC's Chris Morris, in Islamabad.

    While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday night's attack on what is the most prominent hotel in Peshawar, our correspondent says most people will assume it to be the work of the Taliban.

    A symbol of Peshawar's contact with the rest of the world, a place where government officials and foreign dignitaries are accustomed to staying, has been attacked, he adds.

    The attack killed a Serbian UN refugee agency worker and a Unicef worker from the Philippines.

    The injured include a British man and a German national, Peshawar district coordination officer Sahibzada Anis said.

    At least a dozen UN employees were staying at the hotel at the time of the explosion.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of "a heinous terrorist attack which no cause can justify".

    'Shouting and running'

    Eyewitnesses told the BBC News website the blast could be seen up to 5km (3 miles) away. The blast left a large crater and parts of the hotel were destroyed.

    Three men riding in a truck approached the main gate of the hotel and opened fire at security guards before driving inside, police official Liaqat Ali told AP, quoting witness accounts.

    "They drove the vehicle inside the hotel gates and blew it up on reaching close to the hotel building," he added. Ali Khan, a hotel waiter, said he had been working when the attack happened.

    "I was in the Chinese restaurant when we heard firing and then a blast," he told Reuters news agency. "It was totally dark and people started shouting and running."

    An injured man, Jawad Chaudhry, said he had been in his room on the ground floor when he heard gunshots, then a big bang.

    "The floor under my feet shook," he said. "I thought the roof was falling on me. I ran out. I saw everybody running in panic. There was blood and pieces of glass everywhere."

    Musa Khan, a BBC News website reader in Peshawar, said he was far away when the blast happened but could tell it was "huge".

    "I was in the university lawn with my friends," he said. "I saw the red light from there blowing and then I heard a huge sound."

    Another Peshawar reader, Imran, said window panes 5km away had been shattered while a third, Samee Uddin, reported gunshots and then a "huge cloud of smoke [which] could be seen from more than 3km away".

    Revenge vow

    The Pearl Continental, usually just called the PC, is a well-known landmark in Peshawar, often used by foreigners, Pakistani officials and businessmen.

    Correspondents say it runs a series of security checks, first of vehicles as they drive in past heavy concrete barriers, then of people who are screened by metal detectors and bag searches.

    Government forces launched an offensive earlier this year to crush a Taliban-led uprising in the Swat valley aimed at enforcing Sharia law.

    Taliban leaders have promised to launch revenge attacks on major Pakistani cities and claimed a bombing in Lahore last month which left at least 28 people dead.

    A devastating suicide bomb attack on the Islamabad Marriott hotel last September killed at least 53 people and injured more than 266.

    Fidayeen-e-Islam, a little-known Pakistani militant group, told the BBC it had carried out the attack with the aim of stopping US interference in Pakistan.

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    Search for Pakistan blast victims

    Rescuers are searching for victims of a suicide bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Peshawar which killed at least 18 people.

    Rescue teams are picking through the rubble of the Pearl Continental Hotel recovering bodies and looking for more people trapped in the debris.

    The UN says two of its employees - one from Serbia and the other from the Philippines - are among the dead.

    A spate of bombings has followed an army crackdown on Taliban militants.

    The death toll rose to 18 with the discovery of three bodies early on Wednesday. At least 60 people have been injured.

    Police say gunmen stormed the outer security barrier at the hotel before blowing up a vehicle containing about 500kg of explosives.

    "The number of casualties could rise as we fear that some people are still trapped under the debris," police spokesman Abdul Ghafoor Afridi told AFP news agency.

    "One portion of the hotel was totally destroyed. Three people including a manager of the hotel are missing and we fear they are under the debris."

    The UN named its two employees killed in the attack as Serbian national Aleksandar Vorkapic, of the refugee agency UNHCR, and Perseveranda So of the Philippines who worked for the children's agency Unicef.

    Unicef said the bombing was "reprehensible and unacceptable" and said it was "greatly saddened" by the death of Perseveranda So.

    "She was in Peshawar, a dangerous and difficult environment, helping implement programmes to assist girls in gaining access to the education they so desperately need. She will be greatly missed," the statement said.

    At least a dozen UN workers had been staying at the hotel before heading out to refugee camps in North West Frontier Province, where Pakistan has been engaged in a military offensive to crush Taliban insurgents.

    Peshawar, the main city in the country's north-west, is not far from the Swat valley, where the offensive has been concentrated.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani swiftly condemned the attack but the blast hardly comes as a surprise, says the BBC's Chris Morris, in Islamabad.

    While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday night's attack on what is the most prominent hotel in Peshawar, our correspondent says most people will assume it to be the work of the Taliban.

    A symbol of Peshawar's contact with the rest of the world, a place where government officials and foreign dignitaries are accustomed to staying, has been attacked, he adds.

    The injured include a British man and a German national, Peshawar district coordination officer Sahibzada Anis said.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of "a heinous terrorist attack which no cause can justify".

    Eyewitnesses told the BBC News website the blast could be seen up to 5km (3 miles) away. The blast left a large crater and parts of the hotel were destroyed.

    Three men riding in a truck approached the main gate of the hotel and opened fire at security guards before driving inside, police official Liaqat Ali told AP, quoting witness accounts.

    "They drove the vehicle inside the hotel gates and blew it up on reaching close to the hotel building," he added. Ali Khan, a hotel waiter, said he had been working when the attack happened.

    "I was in the Chinese restaurant when we heard firing and then a blast," he told Reuters news agency. "It was totally dark and people started shouting and running."

    An injured man, Jawad Chaudhry, said he had been in his room on the ground floor when he heard gunshots, then a big bang.

    "The floor under my feet shook," he said. "I thought the roof was falling on me. I ran out. I saw everybody running in panic. There was blood and pieces of glass everywhere."

    Musa Khan, a BBC News website reader in Peshawar, said he was far away when the blast happened but could tell it was "huge".

    "I was in the university lawn with my friends," he said. "I saw the red light from there blowing and then I heard a huge sound."

    Another Peshawar reader, Imran, said window panes 5km away had been shattered while a third, Samee Uddin, reported gunshots and then a "huge cloud of smoke [which] could be seen from more than 3km away".

    The Pearl Continental, usually just called the PC, is a well-known landmark in Peshawar, often used by foreigners, Pakistani officials and businessmen.

    Correspondents say it runs a series of security checks, first of vehicles as they drive in past heavy concrete barriers, then of people who are screened by metal detectors and bag searches.

    Government forces launched an offensive earlier this year to crush a Taliban-led uprising in the Swat valley aimed at enforcing Sharia law.

    Taliban leaders have promised to launch revenge attacks on major Pakistani cities and claimed a bombing in Lahore last month which left at least 28 people dead.

    A devastating suicide bomb attack on the Islamabad Marriott hotel last September killed at least 53 people and injured more than 266.

    Fidayeen-e-Islam, a little-known Pakistani militant group, told the BBC it had carried out the attack with the aim of stopping US interference in Pakistan.

    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Search for Pakistan blast victims
     
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    The CCTV footage was shown in Times now....the way they entered the hotel was unstoppable...they were firing all the way.
     

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