| September 21, 2008 at 06:05 am
The Czech ambassador to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Pakistan was killed in the suicide bomb attack on Islamabad's Marriott hotel, in which at least 60 people died, the Czech foreign ministry announced on Sunday. ‘Ambassador Ivo Zdarek was killed in the terrorist attack in Pakistan on September 20,’ the ministry said on its website without giving any details. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also confirmed the ambassador’s death. He told reporters 53 people had been killed in the Saturday evening bombing. ‘The Czech ambassador is among them. He has been identified,’ Gilani said. Earlier the embassy's number two Jarolav Kalfirt told AFP in Islamabad that Zdarek called his embassy moments after Saturday night's bombing from inside the hotel asking to be rescued, but he had not been heard from since. The Czech public television CT 24 said police in Islamabad had found the diplomat’s body. Earlier a Czech news agency reported the ambassador was missing.