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October 28, 2004

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Blast hits Pakistan luxury hotel

The Marriott is one of only two five-star hotels in Islamabad

A powerful explosion has hit the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, injuring five people.

Officials say the blast was apparently caused by an electrical short-circuit. BBC correspondent Zaffar Abbas reports a scene of real devastation around the city centre building, one of only two five-star hotels in the city.

Glass and other debris are littering the street outside and police have cordoned off the area.
Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said: "There is nothing to worry about".
"It is apparently a case of a short-circuit. We are investigating," Reuters news agency quoted the minister as saying at the hotel.

Islamabad's police chief, Liaqat Ali, agreed. "It was not a bomb, it was a short-circuit," he said. "We are at the scene."


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