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Four Britons hurt in hotel blast

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Four British nationals, including two children, have been injured in the bomb attack on the Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Two adults are being treated in hospital in the city, but the children have been released after receiving treatment for superficial injuries.

Dozens were killed after a suspected suicide bomber detonated a car bomb.

Prime Minster Gordon Brown condemned it as "an atrocious and terrible terrorist incident" which was "inexcusable".

Mr Brown said Britain was "standing with the Pakistani people" and "doing everything to help them" but the two countries must "step up co-operation" and work together to root out the causes of terrorism.

"The violence is completely unacceptable. Terrorism has got to be rooted out, those violent extremists who are trying to destroy life for the purposes of getting propaganda must be told once and for all that the whole world is united against what they are doing," he said.

When asked if he was worried that Al-Qaeda was launching a new campaign of terror, he said Al-Qaeda had always specialised in incidents to gain them the maximum of publicity.

"I think we are succeeding in rooting out many of the al-Qaeda terrorists, whether they are in Pakistan or they are out of Pakistan and foiling many of the plots have been planned," he said.

But he said it was important to "always be vigilant".

Britain would also work with all of its international partners and do everything it could to protect British holidaymakers and British staff in embassies and consulates, he added.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said it was "a disgraceful attack without justification".

Mr Miliband said the attack would reinforce Britain's determination to combat "violent extremism" in Pakistan.

"Such an indiscriminate and brutal act of terror deserves the condemnation of the entire international community," he said.

David Miliband gives his reaction to the bomb attack

"We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government of Pakistan against the violent extremists who have no answers but only offer death and mayhem."

Conservative leader David Cameron, who recently visited Pakistan, also condemned the attack.

"Like the attempt on the life of Prime Minister Gilani, which took place during my own visit to Islamabad earlier this month, this is an appalling reminder of the constant threat that terrorism poses to Pakistan, and to its return to democracy," he said.

"It is no coincidence that this attack occurred on the day that President Zardari made his first speech to Pakistan's Parliament.

"Today's attack underlines why Britain and Pakistan must work together at every level to defeat terrorism, and to send a clear message to the terrorists that we will remain steadfast in the face of the threat from terrorism."

The Foreign Office says it is still trying to verify the nationalities of others caught up in the blast.

It has reissued its advice that there is a high threat of terrorism and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan, and says travellers should follow news bulletins and check the travel advice on its website.


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