Dozens killed in Pakistan attack
The BBC's Barbara Plett, who is at the scene, says the blast created a 20ft (6m) deep crater, and destroyed the entire front section of the hotel. She says heavy equipment has been brought in to clear the debris so that firefighters can reach the building, which is still engulfed in flames.
Police say they believe the blast was a suicide car bombing.
The owner of the hotel told the BBC that the explosion occurred when a lorry, which was being checked by security staff and sniffer dogs at the hotel entrance, blew up.
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