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Death toll from Pakistan hotel blast reaches 53

Associated Press Published: September 21, 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's prime minister says the death toll from the huge truck bombing of a luxury hotel in Pakistan's capital has reached about 53.

Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani updated the toll 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.

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