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Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege, kill 5 civilians

Sun Online Desk     21st January, 2018 09:13:06 printer

Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege, kill 5 civilians

 

Afghan security forces say they have regained control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by gunmen.

 

At least five civilians were killed and six were injured in the siege, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

 

Three of the attackers have been killed, a ministry spokesman said. More than 150 guests were rescued.

 

The gunmen burst into the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday evening, shooting at guests and staff and detonating grenades.

 

No group has said it carried out the attack. But the Taliban targeted the Intercontinental hotel in 2011.

 

Special forces battled to secure the hotel and rescue people trapped inside, the spokesman said.

 

Some reports said the hotel had been hosting an IT conference attended by provincial officials at the time. One witness told Reuters news agency that the attackers had taken hostages.

 

The attack came just days after the US embassy in Kabul issued a warning about hotels in the city.

The Intercontinental is a state-owned hotel which often hosts weddings, conferences and political gatherings.

 

The Taliban attack in 2011 killed 21 people, including nine militants.

 

Security has been tightened in Kabul since last May, when a huge truck bomb killed at least 150 people.

 

However, there have been several attacks in recent months. They include a bomb at a Shia cultural centre last month that killed more than 40 people, reports BBC.


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