Footage shows lone suicide bomber behind Islamabad blast

September 21st, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 21 (IANS) A lone suicide bomber driving a truck blew himself up before the powerful blast that rocked the Marriott Hotel here Saturday evening killing 53 people and injuring another 266, CCTV footage obtained by the media shows.The video clip, obtained from the private security agency hired by the hotel, clearly shows a heavy truck usually used to carry building material driving towards the main entrance of the hotel and stopping at the security barrier outside.

At least seven security guards are seen moving towards the truck and arguing with the driver. As one of the guards moves towards the driver’s door, a blast occurs and the front portion of the truck catches fire.

Experts say the suicide attacker may have killed himself with a hand grenade but failed to detonate the explosives placed in the back of the truck.

The first blast forced the guards to move back and two of them ran to the hotel building to get fire extinguishers, the footage shows.

About a minute later, a man comes close to the truck and tries to extinguish the fire with a red extinguisher. Some security persons and some in civilian clothes come closer to the truck and then there is another blast, probably in the truck engine, about two minutes after the first blast, the video clip shows.

Once again, the guards are seen moving towards the truck and some are looking inside it after which people are seen running. This continues for about two minutes. The footage ends there, indiating the point when the explosives went off destroying the hotel.

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