A U.S. resident was killed after three gunmen attacked a hotel in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday. According to Monica L. Cummings, the U.S. Embassy spokeswoman, the American hasn’t been yet identified.
A U.S. resident was killed after three gunmen attacked a hotel in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday.
According to Monica L. Cummings, the U.S. Embassy spokeswoman, the American hasn’t been yet identified.
The three armed assailants were killed by the Afghan special forces, which immediately arrived at the scene. More than 30 people have been rescued from the Park Palace Guest House hotel. At least 44 human beings’ lives were saved by police, an Afghan official stated.
Farid Afzali, the chief of Kabul Crime Investigation Department, said that at least five people had been killed and five wounded of the dozens rescued. An American woman was among the injured.
Afghan military forces continued the operation to clear the hotel building and finished it late Wednesday, said Afzali.
The attack began around 8 p. m. Wednesday (11:30 a.m. ET). It remains unknown, who was standing behind the armed assault.
A police official said that the building was surrounded by Afghan special forces within an hour after the siege began. From time to time a gunfire could be heard.
Such horrifying incidents are the frequent case for Kabul and Afghanistan as a whole. Last year nine people had been killed by a Taliban gunman in the capital’s restaurant in the upscale Serena Hotel. A popular Lebanese restaurant was stormed two months later, when 21 people died, including three U. S. staff members and a senior IMF official.
Moreover, a fire was opened by a gunmen at a meeting of prominent Muslim clerics in the southern province of Helmand earlier on Wednesday. At least seven people were killed, according to police official Jan Aqa said.
The uncompromising Islamist Taliban insurgents have stepped back attacks after announcing their ‘spring offensive’ last month, when they pulled out many foreign forces at the end of last year and claimed responsibility for the Helmand assault.
The Taliban were ousted from power in 2001 and since then have been fighting against the U.S. government in Kabul.