A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital killed at the very least six folks, together with a foreigner, and pinned safety forces down for greater than 13 hours earlier than the final attacker was killed on Sunday, with the casualty toll anticipated to rise.
The heavily-guarded luxurious resort is in style amongst foreigners and Afghan officers.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish mentioned the six killed included a foreigner and a telecommunications official from the western Farah province who was attending a convention.
Six different folks, together with three safety forces, have been reported wounded and greater than 150 folks, together with 41 foreigners, have been rescued from the resort, Danish mentioned.
The Taliban claimed the assault, which started round 9 p.m. Saturday, saying 5 gunmen armed with suicide vests focused foreigners and Afghan officers.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned the insurgents initially deliberate to assault the resort Thursday night time however postponed the assault as a result of there was a marriage underway they usually wished to keep away from civilian casualties.
The assault unfolded nearly six years after Taliban insurgents launched an analogous assault on the property, which isn’t a part of the InterContinental chain of worldwide motels.
The Interior Ministry mentioned a non-public agency assumed duty for securing the resort round three weeks in the past. The ministry says it’s investigating how the attackers managed to enter the constructing.
Afghan safety officers confirmed that 34 provincial officers have been gathered on the resort to take part in a convention organized by the Telecommunication Ministry.
A fireplace broke out on the resort because the preventing raged, and the sound of explosions could possibly be heard all through the standoff. Live TV footage confirmed folks attempting to flee by means of home windows on the higher tales.
Capt. Tom Gresback, spokesman for NATO-led forces, mentioned in a press release that Afghan forces have been main the response efforts. He mentioned that in line with preliminary reviews, no overseas troops have been harm within the assault.
Neighboring Pakistan condemned the “brutal terrorist attack” and known as for larger cooperation in opposition to militants.
Afghanistan and Pakistan routinely accuse one another of failing to fight extremists alongside their lengthy and porous border.
Afghan forces have struggled to fight the Taliban because the U.S. and NATO formally concluded their fight mission on the finish of 2014. They have additionally needed to take care of a rising Islamic State affiliate that has carried out quite a few large assaults in recent times.
In the northern Balkh province, insurgents burst into a house the place a number of members of a neighborhood pro-government militia have been gathered late Saturday, main them exterior and killing 18 of them, mentioned Gen. Abdul Razeq Qaderi, the deputy provincial police chief.
Among these killed was a tribal chief who served because the native police commander, he mentioned.
In the western Farah province, a roadside bomb killed a deputy provincial police chief and wounded 4 different police early Sunday, in line with Gen. Mahruf Folad, the provincial police chief.
The Taliban claimed each assaults.
In the western Herat province, a roadside bomb struck a car carrying 13 civilians, killing all however one in all them, mentioned Abdul Ahad Walizada, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.
No one instantly claimed the assault, however Walizada blamed Taliban insurgents, who usually plant roadside bombs to focus on Afghan safety forces.