Afghan Special forces regain control of Kabul Hotel

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Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish has announced the end of the siege by terrorists on Kabul Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan after killing the last gunman from a group of three attackers who captured the hotel, taking hostages and battling security forces for hours.

Najib Danish revealed that about five other people had been killed and six wounded, while 153 people, including 41 foreigners were evacuated. He added that nine people including a foreigner died in the overnight siege by the terrorists.

Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab, who escaped unhurt, said the attackers got into the main part of the hotel through a kitchen. An eyewitness, says ‘’ the attackers took hotel staff and guests hostage’’.

The Intercontinental Hotel, which was an imposing 1960s structure is set on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul, was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011.

Meanwhile, a terrorist group ‘Taliban’ has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgents initially planned to attack but postponed the assault because there was a wedding underway and they wanted to avoid civilian casualties.

Kabul Intercontinental Hotel is one of two main luxury hotels in the city and had been due to host an information technology conference sooner before the attack.

 

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