Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Peshawar, then set off a huge blast that killed at least five people and wounded dozens more today in the latest of a string of suicide attacks in Pakistani cities, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but it fit with Taliban threats to stage a campaign of assaults in retaliation for a military campaign against militants in the Swat Valley region.
Local TV networks showed a scene of pandemonium outside the Pearl Continental Hotel, with armed police rushing around and Pakistani men standing by looking stunned. One man held a bloodied rag to his head. An AP reporter said he saw several foreigners being walked out of the hotel with injuries. The hotel is a favorite for foreigners and elite Pakistanis to stay and socialize, making it a high-profile target for militants.