A SUICIDE bomber has detonated a truck packed with explosives at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing at least 60 people in a brazen attack in the heart of Pakistan's capital.
Police said 200 people were also wounded in the massive explosion, which ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered a huge blaze that engulfed the heavily-guarded site in flames.
Many victims leapt to their deaths from the upper floors of the hotel to escape the fire, a senior security official said, and there were fears more were buried in the debris.
Officials said they were worried that the hotel, a key meeting place for foreigners, would collapse.
The attack came hours after new President Asif Ali Zardari - who faces a serious challenge in reining in al-Qaeda and Taliban militants - delivered his first address to parliament, which is just a few hundred metres away.
So far, two of the dead are known to be fo
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