Three armed men involved in the attack at a hotel in Afghanistan’s Kabul were gunned down by security forces. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack was carried out at the Longan Hotel, where foreigners, including Chinese, generally stay.
By India Today Web Desk: A day after Afghanistan’s Kabul was rocked by an echo of gunfire in a hotel catering to foreign visitors, three armed men involved in the attack are reported to have been killed by security forces, putting an end to the arbitrary assassination attempt.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a hotel in Kabul.
The group said two of its personnel “attacked a big hotel frequented by Chinese diplomats and businessmen in Kabul, where they detonated two explosive devices hidden inside two bags,” one of them targeting a party for Chinese guests and the other targeting the reception hall, reported AFP.
One of the two fighters threw hand grenades at Taliban officers who were trying to stop them, while the other began detonating explosive devices he had stuck on the hotel room doors and firing at hotel guests, IS said in a statement.
In the attack, two foreigners were injured in an apparent bid to escape by jumping from the hotel’s balcony. Kabul’s Emergency Hospital, run by an Italian non-profit near the attacked hotel in the Shahr-e-Naw area, reported receiving 21 casualties – 18 injured and three dead on arrival, reported Reuters.
According to the Taliban-run administration, the attack was carried out at the Longan Hotel, where foreigners, including Chinese, generally stay.
Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the attack lasted several hours. He said a “clean-up” operation was ongoing.
Incidentally, the attack came a day after China’s ambassador met the Afghan deputy foreign minister to discuss security-related matters and sought more attention on the protection of its embassy.
(With input from agencies)
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