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British Unicef worker hurt in Pakistan hotel blast

2009-06-10 10:35:21 GMT2009-06-10 18:35:21 (Beijing Time)

Pakistani people are seen next to a partially collapsed hotel after an explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, June 9, 2009. (AP Photo / Mohammad Sajjad)

At least another 65 people were injured when a huge bomb exploded at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Unicef's Peshawar district co-ordination officer Sahibzada Anis said the blast wounded the Briton and two others working for the United Nations children's agency - a Somali and a German. Unicef staffer Perseveranda So, 52, from the Philippines, was killed, the agency said.

Unicef executive director Ann Veneman said: "At the time of the bombing, the hotel was housing many humanitarian workers there to provide life-saving assistance to Pakistan's most vulnerable people."

The Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that one British man has been injured. He is in hospital. We are offering consular assistance."

He added: "The UK condemns unreservedly all such acts of indiscriminate terrorism."

Pakistani officials said suicide attackers in a truck launched the assault, firing guns as they stormed past guards at the hotel and then setting off a huge blast.

The hotel is a favourite place for foreigners and elite Pakistanis to stay and socialise, making it a high-profile target for militants.

The blast is the latest in a string of attacks in Pakistani cities in recent weeks that officials say are revenge for a military offensive against Taliban militants in the Swat Valley.


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