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Fire hits bombed Islamabad hotel


Emergency services tackle a fire at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad

A fire has hit the Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, months after the building was devastated by a bomb attack.

Fire fighters reached the scene but flames were reported to have spread to three floors of the hotel.

Several people are said to have suffered minor injuries.

September's attack, which virtually destroyed the Marriott, killed more than 50 people and highlighted the militant threat facing Pakistan.

Rebuilding work at the Marriott - one of the most prestigious venues in Islamabad - was started quickly. The hotel had been re-opened to guests, although some refurbishment was still going on.

Early reports suggested the cause of the fire might be linked to this construction work; other reports said the fire might have started in a kitchen.

A BBC reporter in Islamabad said later that the blaze appeared to be under control although smoke was still coming out of the structure.

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