Religion of Peace watch: Explosion at Pakistan Marriott hotel kills 40
A massive truck bomb devastated the heavily guarded Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding at least 100. Officials feared there were dozens more dead inside the burning building.
The Marriott has been a favorite place for foreigners as well as Pakistani politicians and business people to stay and socialize in Islamabad despite repeated militant attacks.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. But Pakistan has faced a wave of militant violence in recent weeks following army-led offensives against insurgents in its border regions.
Yeah, I know. "No immediate claim of responsibility." But large-scale truck bombs are a hallmark of al Qaeda (remember the first World Trade Center attack and the bombings of the US embassies in Africa), and al Qaeda is allied with the Pakistani Taliban, which have launched a terror war against the Pakistani government…
Well, if it turns out to be fundamentalist Quakers, I’ll apologize.
(hat tip: Jihad Watch)
FOLLOW-UP: There’s a new article at The Long War Journal that places the Islamabad Marriott bombing in the context of other complex al Qaeda operations.