US diplomat hurt in Pakistan blast

A US diplomat has been slightly wounded in an explosion at the Marriott hotel in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, a State Department official said.

    The Marriott hotel is one of the most popular in Islamabad

    Eleven staffers from the US embassy in Islamabad were having an evening meal in the hotel, the official said, when the blast occurred around 9:35pm (1735 GMT) on Thursday.

       

    Glass and other debris were blown out through the front of the hotel and the lobby, witnesses said.

     

    "It was a big explosion and several people are injured. It occurred inside the hotel," the employee said.

     

    A police spokesman confirmed there was an explosion but said he did not immediately know the cause of the blast or the extent of damage.

     

    Popular spot

       

    Some hotel staff said they thought it might have been caused by an electrical fault.

       

    Blood could be seen on the ground and at least one man was carried out on a stretcher, but he was still alive.

       

    After the blast, police moved people out of the lobby because of a suspicious bag.

     

    The Marriott hotel is one of the most popular in Islamabad for foreign media and business personnel.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?

    Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?

    The consequences of a nuclear war would extend far beyond the blast itself, killing millions of people across the globe.

    Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice?

    Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice?

    K-pop fans are using the same social media tactics they employ to support music stars for social justice activism.

    Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

    Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

    What will the maps of Palestine and Israel look like if Israel illegally annexes the Jordan Valley on July 1?