– TALIBAN LAUNCHED AUDACIOUS ATTACK ON HOTEL IN KABUL
NATO-ISAF helicopters have killed militants on the roof of Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, which is popular with Westerners, after an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen, on late Tuesday 06/28/2011 night, left at least seven people dead. Two helicopters shot dead three attackers at the hotel’s roof during an overnight stand-off lasting nearly five hours (sse also – Kabul 04.27.11).
The hotel is popular with Westerners, although all guests are reported safe. Afghan security officials said at least six militants stormed the hotel and all were killed. A spokesman for the Taliban said they carried out the attack. But Afghan security officials said the raid bears the hallmarks of the Jalaluddin Haqqani’s network, allied to the Taliban but operates independently. The group is based in FATA region of North Waziristan, Pakistan (see -Ambiguous Ties).
Interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi told AFP that all those killed were Afghans, and that eight other people had been wounded. He said the figures did not include the insurgents.
The attack began while many guests were in the dining room of the hotel late on Tuesday. One suicide bomber blew himself up at the front of the hotel and another on the second floor. the attackers had hand-grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s. Kabul police chief Gen Ayub Salangi said later that one of the attackers managed to survive the assault by hiding in a hotel room. He detonated his explosive vest at around 0700 local time, after the fighting was thought to have ended, killing two policemen and a Spanish guest, and injuring three others, the police chief said.
In January 2008, militants stormed the capital’s most popular luxury hotel, the Serena, and killed eight people, including an American, a Norwegian and a Philippine woman (see – Kabul NORWAYS Embassy).
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