11 dead in Kabul siege, including US citizen

KABUL: Afghan police say that at least 11 people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel that was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert.


Indian and US officials said a US citizen and two Indians were among those killed at the Palace Park Hotel.

The police say they shot dead the two gunmen before they could carry out a suicide attack.

Security forces rescued more than 50 people who had been at a party in the garden of the hotel.

The attack lasted five hours after beginning early on Wednesday evening. The siege was eventually ended after Afghan police took the building room by room.

India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha, has tweeted that there have been “a few Indian casualties among others”.

An unnamed Indian foreign ministry official told the AFP news agency that “two Indians are dead, one is unaccounted for and three others are safe”.

The gunmen reportedly went room to room seeking foreigners.

US embassy spokeswoman Monica Cummings told the AFP news agency that one US citizen had died in the attack.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims at this time. Out of respect for the families of those killed, we have no further information at this time,” Ms Cummings said.

Taliban claimed responsibility for attack.



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