Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Afghanistan, Taliban attack at the Hotel Intercontinental. At least 10 dead

The hotel was to be the most watched of the Afghan capital. Frequented by western visitors. Yet today, around 23 hours local gunmen stormed the Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Kabul. At least four suicide bombers have blown up in different parts of the luxury property, while other accomplices opened fire on guests, with weapons both large and small caliber.

According to the 'Tolo News', a local television station, the provisional budget of the victims would be ten dead and many wounded. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, with a U.S. phone news agency 'Associated Press'. In the words of a spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, a number of militants entered into action by hitting the hotel for hosting the talks on security in the country between the Afghan government officials and those of the Western powers.

Several shots were heard for at least ten minutes, followed by a loud explosion. Immediately after the shots were taken. The Afghan Ministry of Interior said that security forces have surrounded the area and that the situation is under control.

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