Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel

Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel

All four attackers were killed, officials said.

On Saturday, a group of militants attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

The ministry says it is investigating how the attackers managed to enter the building.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the six killed included a foreigner and a telecommunications official from the western Farah province who was attending a conference.

He added that 10 others were wounded including six security officers and four civilians.

The bodies of the attackers have been recovered as security forces continued to clear the landmark building, he said.

The Intercontinental was attacked in 2011 by gunmen and suicide bombers that killed a total of seven civilians and was claimed by the Taliban. Rahimi said more than 161 guests, including 41 foreigners, were rescued.

According to latest reports at least one of the victims is a foreign national. Ambulances raced to the scene during a lull in the shooting, a witness who lives near the hotel told CNN.

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A fire broke out at the hotel as the fighting raged, and the sound of explosions could be heard throughout the standoff.

TOLO showed images of people apparently hanging off balconies, saying they were "desperate guests and staff trying to escape" from the burning hotel.

"Shocked by tragic news from Afghanistan". "Ukrainian citizens, employees of the Ukrainian airline, fell victims of the terrorist attack in Kabul".

Nine Ukrainians, a German, Greek and one Kazakh national had been confirmed as deceased, with two unidentified at this time.

"Horrific news from Afghanistan".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement on Sunday condemning the attack.

Global Affairs Canada now recommends Canadians avoid all travel to Afghanistan "due to the unstable security situation, ongoing insurgency, terrorist attacks, the risk of kidnapping and a high crime rate".

On Thursday, only two days before the slaughter, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul offered a warning that "extremist groups" could be planning an attack on hotels in the city.

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The Afghan Interior Ministry blamed the Haqqani network for the attack. They have also had to contend with a growing Islamic State affiliate that has carried out a number of massive attacks in recent years.

In a separate statement, Faisal has condemned the incident and said terrorism was not acceptable.

The US Ambassador in Kabul meanwhile condemned the attack and praised the Afghan forces' response to the attackers.

"Such violence has no place here or anywhere in the world", Bass said.

Praising the role of Afghanistan security agencies for preventing greater damage, India expressed the hope that the perpetrators of the dastardly attack will be brought to justice soon.

Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

The attack came despite a spate of renewed efforts to revive long-stalled peace talks between the Taliban and the government of President Ashraf Ghani, including reports of private meetings with Taliban emissaries. But the hotel has had no association with the group since the Soviet invasion in 1979, though it continues to use the name without connection to the worldwide company.

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