No fewer than 9 individuals, together with a foreigner died within the in a single day siege by terrorists on Kabul Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan.
Afghan Special Forces introduced the tip of the siege on Sunday after killing the final gunman from a gaggle of three attackers who stormed the resort, taking hostages and battling safety forces for hours.
All the three gunmen had been killed. It was initially reported that 4 gunmen had attacked the resort.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish stated at the least 5 different individuals had been killed and 6 wounded, a decrease casualty complete than earlier feared, whereas 153 individuals, together with 41 foreigners had been evacuated. The AFP reported six individuals had been killed.
As day broke on Sunday, thick clouds of black smoke could possibly be seen pouring from the constructing. Several armored U.S. navy automobiles with heavy machine weapons could possibly be seen near the resort together with Afghan police items.
The raid got here simply days after a U.S. embassy warning of doable assaults on resorts in Kabul.
There was no quick declare of accountability.
The raid was the most recent in a protracted sequence of assaults which have underlined the town’s precarious state of affairs and the flexibility of militants to mount excessive profile operations geared toward undermining confidence within the Western-backed authorities.
Hotel supervisor Ahmad Haris Nayab, who escaped unharmed, stated the attackers had acquired into the principle a part of the resort by means of a kitchen earlier than going by means of the resort.
According to 1 witness, who didn’t wish to be named, the attackers took resort workers and visitors hostage.
The Intercontinental Hotel, an imposing 1960s construction set on a hilltop and closely protected like most public buildings in Kabul, was beforehand attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011.
It is one among two principal luxurious resorts within the metropolis and had been as a result of host an info know-how convention on Sunday. More than 100 IT managers and engineers had been on web site when the assault befell, Ahmad Waheed, an official on the telecommunications ministry, stated.
The assault, simply days after a United Nations Security Council go to to Kabul to permit senior representatives of member states to evaluate the state of affairs in Afghanistan, could result in an extra tightening of safety in Kabul.
Large areas of the town centre are already closed off behind excessive concrete blast partitions and police checkpoints however the skill of the attackers to get right into a well-protected resort frequented by each authorities officers and foreigners demonstrated how tough it stays to stop excessive profile assaults.
Danish stated a personal firm had taken over safety of the resort about three weeks in the past.
While it shares the identical identify, the resort in Kabul will not be a part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which issued an announcement in 2011 saying that “the hotel Inter-continental in Kabul is not part of IHG and has not been since 1980”.