Hotel in Afghanistan’s capitol attacked, 21 reported dead
A hotel that caters to foreign visitors in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul was targeted Monday. Three of the attackers were killed, according to a Taliban official.
Two people from foreign countries were hurt when they jumped from windows to escape, Zabihullah mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban government, stated. Residents reported seeing smoke rising from the building, as well as gunfire and explosions.
The Emergency Hospital of Kabul stated in a Tweet there was an explosion and gunfire close to a hotel about a kilometer away. “So far, we have received 21 casualties — 3 were already dead on arrival. “
Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the attack lasted several hours. He stated that a “clean up” operation was ongoing.
No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group’s regional affiliate in Khorasan Province — a rival to Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban — claimed it was responsible.
Smoke coming from a hotel that was attacked in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 12, 2022.
A resident of the Shar-e Naw neighborhood where the attack happened told The Associated Press that he heard explosions and then several gunshots. For fear of Taliban officials retaliating, he spoke anonymously.
Another resident in the Shar-e Naw neighborhood told the AP that a gun battle was still going on. He stated that he and his family were staying in their home, which is located three blocks from the attack site. He spoke on condition that he remain anonymous in fear of reprisals.
Taliban forces rushed to the area and blocked all roads leading to the site, said Zadran, the police chief spokesman.
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