Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lethal Blast Hits Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan

Via BBC (h/t @lewisshepherd) -

An explosion has killed five people and injured at least 25 at a luxury hotel in the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials say.

Police named the hotel as the five-star Pearl Continental, and an unconfirmed report suggests that foreign guests are among those hurt.

Peshawar is capital of Pakistan's troubled North West Frontier Province.

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

One report said the hotel had been subjected to a gun and bomb attack.

Pearl Continental's website describes its hotel in Peshawar as "overlooking the famous Peshawar golf course and the historic Bala Hisar Fort".

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