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

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.