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Deaths in Peshawar hotel blast

From Al Jazeera

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At least five people are reported to have been killed and 25 wounded after a massive bomb exploded outside a five-star hotel in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast rocked the Pearl Continental hotel in the northwestern city on Tuesday, Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera’s correspondent, reported.

“The hotel is famous with VIPs and journalists. The attacker is said to have brought his vehicle into the compound … explosives had been planted inside,” he said.

“It is still not clear whether this was a suicide attack as, at the entrance to the hotel, there is very strong security and barriers that are lowered so vehicles can be checked.”

There have been no claims of responsibility for the bombing, but Peshawar is the capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), where Pakistani government forces have battled fighters loyal to the Taliban in recent weeks.

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