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Pinay critically hurt in Pakistan hotel bombing

September 21, 2008 3:43pm
MANILA, Philippines - A Filipina was critically wounded in the suicide bombing that gutted Marriott Hotel in Pakistan, the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday.

The Embassy has not yet identified the Filipina, but said that she works as a receptionist at the said hotel and is married to a Pakistani citizen.

She was rushed to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad after the incident. The Embassy said the Filipina "is in critical condition."

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that the Filipina was among those severely injured in the suicide attack. DFA spokesman Claro Cristobal said the Philippine Embassy “is closely monitoring her condition."

The death toll from the huge truck bombing in Pakistan has reached about 53. Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani updated the toll from 42 after rescuers found more bodies in the charred shell of the Islamabad Marriott.

Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik said the Czech ambassador to Pakistan was also among the dead. One American citizen has also been confirmed dead.

The blast on Saturday evening shredded the hotel and triggered a fire that raged for hours through the building. More than 250 people were injured, including at least 21 foreigners. - GMANews.TV, with reports from AP
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