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At least nine killed in bombing at luxury Peshawar hotel

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-11

A local Pakistani minister announced that nine people died and 62 were injured in the suicide car bomb that targeted the Pearl Continental hotel in Peshawar. Local police, however, have put the death toll at 13.

AFP - Nine people died and 62 more were wounded when a suicide car bomb hit a hotel in Pakistan's northwest Peshawar city, a local minister said Wednesday, revising an earlier toll of 18 dead.
  
Police said three men shot their way through a security barrier and rammed a small truck packed with explosives into the five-star Pearl Continental hotel in Peshawar late Tuesday, causing massive devastation.
  
Provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain earlier put the death toll at 18, but late Wednesday told a press conference that new information indicated nine people had died.
  
"Nine people died including two foreigners," he said, adding that 62 people were injured. "Earlier information was obtained in an emergency situation."
  
Local police, however, have put the death toll at 13.
  
Two foreign United Nations workers -- Serbian Aleksandar Vorkapic with the refugee agency and Filipina Perseveranda So with the children's agency -- were killed, the UN said, while many foreigners were among the injured.
  
It is the seventh deadly bombing to hit the troubled city in a month, as fears grow that Taliban militants are exacting revenge for a punishing six-week military offensive against them in three northwest districts.

Date created : 2009-06-10

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