last updated at 04:37 GMT, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 05:37 UK
A suicide bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar, has killed 15 people and injured at least 60.
Gunmen stormed the outer security barrier at the Pearl Continental Hotel before blowing up a vehicle containing, police say, 500kg of explosives.
Two foreign citizens - both UN workers - were killed and several were injured.
A series of bombs have hit cities, including Peshawar, since a government crackdown on Taliban militants.
Peshawar, the main city in the country's north-west, is not far from the Swat valley, where the government offensive has been concentrated.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani swiftly condemned the attack but the blast hardly comes as a surprise, says the BBC's Chris Morris, in Islamabad.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday night's attack on what is the most prominent hotel in Peshawar, our correspondent says most people will assume it to be the work of the Taliban.
A symbol of Peshawar's contact with the rest of the world, a place where government officials and foreign dignitaries are accustomed to staying, has been attacked, he adds.
The attack killed a Serbian UN refugee agency worker and a Unicef worker from the Philippines.
The injured include a British man and a German national, Peshawar district coordination officer Sahibzada Anis said.
At least a dozen UN employees were staying at the hotel at the time of the explosion.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of "a heinous terrorist attack which no cause can justify".
Tags: car bomb, explosion, suicide bomber, gunmen, storm, hotel, 15 people killed, 60 injured, Peshawar, Pakistan
Location: Peshawar, North-West Frontier, Pakistan (load item map)
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