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Sources said that Marriott Hotel is the usual hotel choice of the US officials and it seems that militants tipped off that certain high level US intelligence officers were currently staying at the hotel.
U.S. airstrikes test alliance with Pakistan
The targeting of the Marriott, an American hotel chain comes at a time of growing anger in Pakistan over a wave of cross-border strikes on militant bases by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
In a Press Statement following the attack, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Sean McCormack said:
We condemn the heinous attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that has left more than 40 dead and many more injured. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Pakistani people, and we are ready to assist in any way possible during this difficult time. This barbaric attack comes during the month of Ramadan, only underscoring that those responsible have no respect for the principles of their faith. This strike to the heart of the Pakistani capital leaves no doubt as to the intentions of these extremist elements. Their goal is to create mayhem and weaken the institutions of government so that they may operate unfettered while spreading their intolerance. The United States will continue to stand with the Pakistani people and their democratically-elected government as it confronts this scourge. Among those killed was at least one American citizen; several others have been injured. We are in the process of notifying next of kin and offering our condolences and assistance at this time.
The death toll is continuing to rise in the Marriott Hotel bombing in Pakistan's capital in what officials say appears to be the work of Al Qaeda. Hospital staff say at least four Britons and four Germans, an American and a Danish citizen were among more than 60 people killed by a truck bomb detonated as hundreds of guests were dining at the Islamabad hotel. The Czech ambassador to Pakistan has also been killed in the attack.
The bombing came on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's call for Pakistani Muslims to unleash jihad or holy war against the government, a vital ally in the US-led "war on terror" that has cracked down on militants.