A 12-hour siege of a luxury hotel by
gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces said.
Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the
Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior
Some 160 people were rescued after Afghan troops fought
through the night to regain control of the building.
Questions are being asked as to how the heavily-armed gang
was able to enter such a highly-fortified place.
No group has yet said it was behind the attack.
The gunmen burst into the six-floor hotel at around 21:00 local
time (16:30GMT) on Saturday evening, as guests were enjoying dinner.
Afghan Telecom regional director Aziz Tayeb, who was one of
dozens of guests due to attend an IT conference at the hotel on
Sunday, said he saw the attackers arrive as he was heading towards
The gunmen, armed with rocket-propelled grenades as well as
smaller weapons – stormed through the hotel taking many of the
guests hostage, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman news Agency