Afghan Forces End 12 Hour Hotel Siege

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

ministry said.

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 exit.

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