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At Least 40 Dead in Pakistan Hotel Bombing

At least 40 are dead and a hundred injured in a suicide bombing Saturday at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan according to the Pioneer Press.

Many more are feared to be dead and wounded, as the Marriott is popular hotel for foreigners and Pakistani politicians in Islamabad. The attack is the largest terrorist attack in the country and comes following a wave of militant violence after army-led offensives against insurgents in border regions.

The blast happened around 8 p.m. when a large truck rammed the metal hotel gate according to officials. At this time the restaurants were packed with dinners. The blast left a crater in front of the main building, which was gutted by the flames.

The New York Times was also reporting this story, and focused on the fact that the bombing happened only a few hundred yards from the prime ministers home where he was dining with members of government.

The Marriott has been attacked before, but never to this degree and it has really upset the citizens of Pakistan.

“The Marriott is an icon,? said Abdullah Riar, a former aide to Benazir Bhutto. “It’s like the twin towers of Pakistan. It’s a symbolic place in the capital of the country, and now it has melted down.?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered to help the Pakistani government in investigating the attack. The FBI has special interest in this event because it was "obviously an anti-American effort and a warning to the Pakistanis about the U.S. alliance," according to an official.

The F.B.I is currently waiting for approval from the Pakistani government to help. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.