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In pictures: Peshawar bombing

Pakistani bystanders gather at the site of a blast at the entrance to a hotel in Peshawar, 15 May

At least 24 people have been killed in a bomb blast in a hotel in the centre of the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Pakistani bystanders look at the blast site at the hotel entrance

The ground floor blast demolished parts of the four-storey Marhaba hotel near a busy market.

Pakistani police officers push an auto rickshaw at the site of the explosion

Police say the blast happened at lunchtime in the reception lobby when the hotel was crowded with diners.

Pakistani security officials examine the site of the bombing

Peshawar has seen many recent attacks, some have been blamed on local militants from tribal areas, but the motive for the latest bomb is not known.

Pakistani volunteers and security officials gather at the site

Ambulances and hand-pushed carts were used to ferry the injured to hospital.

Pakistani nurses provide initial treatment to the injured victims

The blast was so powerful that it blew out at least one of the walls in the hotel.

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