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One UN staff killed in bomb attack in Pakistan

2009-06-09 22:05:33 GMT2009-06-10 06:05:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

UNITED NATIONS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- One United Nations staff member was killed after suicide attackers launched an assault Tuesday on a luxury hotel often used by foreigners in Peshawar city, an associate spokesperson for the secretary-general told Xinhua.

The name and position of the UN staff member has not been released because the family has not been notified yet, said Farhan Haq.

A suicide truck bomb ripped through the five-star hotel Pearl Continental killing 11 people and wounding 52 in the capital of a northwest Pakistani province plagued by Taliban violence, reports said.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but it has the markings of a Taliban attack on the luxury Marriott Hotel in Islamabad in September 2008 that killed 60 people.

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