Pakistani PM Appeals to Public for Help Identifying Bombers
By Barry Newhouse
21 September 2008
Pakistan's prime minister is appealing to fellow Pakistanis to identify what he called the "black sheep" responsible for Saturday's devastating suicide bomb attack. VOA's Barry Newhouse reports from Islamabad, where officials say at least 60 people have died and 250 others were wounded in the blast at the Islamabad Marriott.
Rescuer workers Sunday morning continued to remove bodies from smoldering rubble at the luxury hotel in downtown Islamabad.
Officials said the attack had strained the capabilities of local rescue workers and the Pakistani military has been called in to help.
Militant groups in Pakistan frequently claim credit for bomb attacks soon after they occur, but no group has, as yet, come forward.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani made a public appeal Sunday for help in identifying those responsible.
Mr. Gilani says he appeals to the people to identify these black sheep and to isolate them because they want to destabilize the democracy and destroy the country's economy.
Officials announced a $130,000 reward for information about those behind the attack.