Police say a large bomb explosion at an upscale Western hotel in northwestern
Pakistan has killed at least five people and wounded 25 others.
The late-night blast on Tuesday targeted the Pearl Continental Hotel in the city of Peshawar. Television footage showed debris scattered on the street and ambulances at the scene.
Witnesses say the blast ripped through the side of hotel in the parking lot, but it is unclear if it was a car bomb. Dozens of vehicles were destroyed.
Last September, suspected al-Qaida members bombed the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, killing more than 50 people.
Officials say a series of bombings in recent weeks are retaliation for an ongoing military offensive against Taliban militants in the greater Swat Valley.
Pakistan says more than 1,300 militants and about 100 soldiers have been killed during the offensive in the past several weeks.