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Death Toll Rises from Pakistan Hotel Rubble

The number of people confirmed dead from the truck blast outside the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan has gone up to 53, with 266 people wounded, the New York Times reported. Officials say the numbers are not expected to rise much more.

The Pakistani government described the blast as an attack on democracy.

“Our enemies don’t want to see democracy flourishing in the country,? said Rehman Malik, a senior Interior Ministry official, at a press conference Sunday.

The hotel was a favorable place for government officials to do business. Pakistani officials favored it because of its easy access, although Western security officials found the security to be problematic.

Malik said investigators are still trying to determine how the attacker was killed. Pakistani officials do not want help from the United States' FBI to conduct the investigation.

Rescue workers pulled five dead bodies from the wreckage Sunday. Two Americans were among the total 53 dead.