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18 civilians killed as siege on Kabul Intercontinental Hotel ends

18 civilians killed as siege on Kabul Intercontinental Hotel ends

Eighteen were killed when gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday and held it under siege for 12 hours until Saturday local time in an apparent targeted attack on foreigners.

Four gunmen were also killed by Afghan security forces responding to the attack, he said. President Petro Poroshenko offered his condolences to the families of the deceased and ordered officials to provide them with assistance.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. "Ukrainian citizens, employees of the Ukrainian airline, fell victims of the terrorist attack in Kabul".

The Interior Ministry said a private firm assumed responsibility for the security of the hotel around three weeks ago, and were investigating how the attackers managed to enter the building that is frequented by government officials and foreigners.

Unofficial reports cited by Tolo TV, the country's most respected news channel, put the death toll as high as 43.

As pressure on the battlefield has increased, officials have warned that the danger of attacks on high-profile targets in Kabul and other cities would increase.

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"People inside the hotel say it was very terrifying and the siege went on for quite a long time today with explosions and gunfire and grenades", said Jennifer Glasse, a freelance reporter in the area, told CTV News on Sunday.

Danesh said a private company had taken over responsibility for security at the hotel three weeks ago and there would be an investigation into possible failings, just days after a US embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul.

The government of Pakistan issued a statement strongly condemning the attack, but a spokesman for the Afghan government's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, charged that the attack was carried out by the "Pakistan-based Haqqani Terrorist Network". One of the gunmen shouted that they didn't kill Afghans and demanded to know "Where are the foreigners?" "In our view, cooperation among the states is important for effectively combating and eliminating the scourge of terrorism", it said in a statement.

In June 2011, seven Taliban fighters attacked the same hotel over several hours.

US Ambassador John R. Bass also condemned the attack and commended the security forces' quick response.

The attack, just days after a U.N. Security Council visit to Kabul to allow senior representatives of member states to assess the situation in Afghanistan, may further weaken confidence in the government. But the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said that among the events taking place at the hotel Saturday evening was a wedding ceremony.


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