Monday, February 6, 2023

Afghanistan: 3 killed in attack on hotel in capital

ISLAMABAD ( Associated Press) — An attack on a hotel housing foreign tourists in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday killed three attackers. A Taliban official gave this information.

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said two foreign guests jumped from windows while trying to escape and were injured. Guests reported explosions and gunshots, and pictures and videos posted on social media showed smoke billowing from the building.

Kabul Emergency Hospital tweeted that there was an explosion and gunfire near a hotel about a kilometer away.

“So far, we have received 21 injured, three of them are already dead,” he explained.

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Taliban-appointed Kabul police chief, said the attack lasted several hours and that a “cleansing” operation was ongoing.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group’s regional affiliate – known as Islamic State in Khorasan province and rival of the Taliban’s ruling Afghanistan – has stepped up its attacks since the Taliban last week. days had taken control of the country. The year.

A resident of the Shar-e-Nau neighborhood, where the attack took place, told The Associated Press that he heard explosions and then several shots. The man spoke to Taliban officials on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

Another resident of the same neighborhood told the Associated Press that a shooting was still in progress. He said he and his family stayed inside their home about three blocks from the scene of the attack. He also spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Zadran, a spokesman for the police chief, said Taliban forces had reached the area and closed all roads leading to the hotel.

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