View Full Version : Marriott in Islamabad Hit by Suicide Bomb

20th Sep 2008, 18:09
Looks bad. Police are reporting the hotel in flames and liable to collapse. Bodies and casualties still being removed.

BBC: Dozens killed in Pakistan attack (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7627135.stm)

A bomb attack has hit the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killing at least 40 people.

The BBC's Barbara Plett, who is at the scene, says the blast created a 20ft (6m) deep crater, and destroyed the entire front section of the hotel. She says heavy equipment has been brought in to clear the debris so that firefighters can reach the building, which is still engulfed in flames.

Police say they believe the blast was a suspected suicide car bombing. The explosion is thought to have been caused by more than a tonne of explosives. Police are warning that the hotel could collapse.

Our correspondent says that the centre of the blast was at the front of the building close to the area where security checks are carried out. She says that about two-thirds of the 290-room hotel is on fire, and the wounded and dead are still being brought out, on stretchers or wrapped in sheets......

20th Sep 2008, 19:02
Millipede has declared that "Our first concern is for any Brits that may be involved" (or words to that effect) . . . :confused:

20th Sep 2008, 19:33
Seems it was a truck that carried the device. Absolutely terrible.