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Pakistani hotel once hit by militants ablaze

A fire broke out Thursday at the Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital, five months after the building was devastated by a truck bombing carried out by Islamist militants.
Image: Marriott Hotel on fire in Islamabad, Pakistan
Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze in the luxury Marriott hotel in Islamabad on Thursday. The hotel reopened a month after it was badly damaged on Sept. 20 by a suicide bomb attack that had claimed at least 60 lives. Olivier Matthys / EPA
/ Source: The Associated Press

A fire broke out Thursday at the Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital, five months after the building was devastated by a truck bombing carried out by Islamist militants.

Ahmed Shah, a doorman at the hotel, said the fire apparently broke out in a restaurant kitchen, though a spokesman for the hotel said the cause of the blaze was not yet known. Renovation work was continuing in parts of the building.

Thick smoke was seen billowing from a section of the second floor of the building in downtown Islamabad.

Firefighters were tackling the blaze, witnesses said. There were no reports of any causalities.

The hotel reopened in December last year after extensive repairs following the September bombing.

The blast killed more than 50 people and was a reminder of the militant threat facing Pakistan.

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