Suicide attackers rammed a fortified Marriott hotel in the heart of Pakistan’s capital Saturday, setting off a massive dump-truck bomb that killed at least 53 people and wounded hundreds more.Bloodied bodies littered the lobby of the five-story hotel as rescuers raced through flames and acrid smoke searching for survivors of what was being called one of the biggest terrorist strikes in Pakistan’s history. SEE PHOTOS OF THE BOMBING’S AFTERMATHThe attack in Islamabad came just hours after newly elected Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari vowed in his inaugural address to Parliament to uproot terrorists in his country. Zardari, widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was hosting a postspeech dinner at his home about a mile from the Marriott when the bomb was detonated. “This is a menace, a cancer in Pakistan, which we will eliminate,” Zardari said following the attack. “We will not be scared of these cowards.” The Pakistani Interior Ministry said authorities had received a tip that Zardari’s speech might trigger militant violence. President Bush, who is scheduled to meet with Zardari Tuesday at the UN General Assembly in New York, immediately condemned the attack. “We will fully support the democratically elected government of Pakistan and the Pakistani… Read full this story
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