Peshawar hotel blast: 15 killed; over 60 injured

Three suicide attackers shot their way onto the grounds of a five-star hotel in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar and set off a car bomb on tuesday June 9.

The suicide attack on a five star hotel in Peshawar has killed 15 people and wounded more than 60. Two UN officials, one from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office and the other from UNICEF are among those killed. Two other UN officials are still missing.

The UNHCR official was part of an emergency team helping with the refugee crisis arising out of Pakistan’s Swat operation against the Taliban. The Information Minister of North Western Frontier Province Iftikhar Hussain has described the blast as a reaction to the ongoing army offensive in Swat and Malakand Division.

Search teams are still going through the blast site. A heavy blanket of smoke has made search operations very difficult. Police have cordoned off the area. Windows of nearby buildings have been shattered due to the impact of the blast. 30 to 40 vehicles have been destroyed.

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