A suicide bomber triggered a blast at an entrance to a luxury hotel in Islamabad, killing the guard that blocked him and wounding seven other people in the first terror strike in the Pakistani capital since 2005.
The explosion Friday wrecked a side entrance leading to a nightclub in the basement of the five-star Marriott Hotel, located in a downtown area near the Parliament building and the office of the president.
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said the "brave and timely action by the hotel guards prevented a major attack, as the suicide bomber could not enter the hotel building, which seemed to be his target."
There was no claim of responsibility. However, Sherpao said the explosion was the work of "anti-state elements who want to create unrest."