Terror-struck Marriott re-opens

Islamabad, December 28:

The Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital partially re-opened today with a giant bombproof wall and revamped security, three months after a massive suicide truck bombing devastated the building and killed more than 50 people.

The September attack on the luxury Islamabad hotel, a site popular with expatriates and the Pakistani elite, demonstrated the reach of militants in Pakistan extends well beyond the lawless regions bordering Afghanistan where al-Qaida and the Taliban have flourished.

The hotel’s owner said today the reopening was a message that Pakistan would not be cowed

by the threat of terrorism. “We have expressed our resolve that we will not bow before the enemies of Pakistan,” said Saddaruddin Hashwani. Several foreigners, were killed in the