Militants attacked a five-star hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 55, according to published reports.

According to the New York Times, militants fired on security guards and then rushed a small truck packed with explosives through the gates of the Pearl Continental, one of the few hotels in the northwestern city of Peshawar that caters to Westerners.

The blast, which left a crater six feet deep and 15 feet wide, was powerful enough to be heard for miles, witnesses told the newspaper.

Guests at the time of the attack included United Nations officials and an airline crew, the Times said.

According to a report on, the hotel is owned by the same group as the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, which was targeted by a suicide bombing in September 2008.

The hotel is owned by the Hashoo Group, the same group that also owns the Islamabad Marriott Hotel, which was the target of a suicide bombing in September 2008.

The attack at the Islamabad Marriott killed more than 50 people, including two American military personnel, and wounded another 260. The hotel reopened in late December 2008.


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