More from the religion that keeps on giving: Suicide/homicide bomber incinirates Marriot hotel, murdering over 40 people in massive bombing.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (al-AP) – A massive suicide truck bomb gutted the heavily guarded Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital Saturday, killing at least 40 people and injuring hundreds. Dozens more were feared dead inside the building that was still burning hours after the attack.
The targeting of the American hotel chain appeared to be one of the largest terrorist attacks ever in Pakistan and came at a time of growing anger in Pakistan over a wave of cross-border strikes on militant bases by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The bomb left a vast crater some 30 feet deep in front of the main building, where rescuers ferried a stream of bloodied bodies. The fire was still six hours after the blast and had devastated most of the five-story hotel, sending up a thick pall of smoke over the area. “The fire has eaten the entire building,” said Mohammed Ali, an emergency service official at the scene. He said that after an initial chaotic search to find survivors, rescue teams had only been able to make two brief forays inside but found no bodies or survivors and had to retreat quickly.
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