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India condemns terror attack on Kabul hotel

India condemns terror attack on Kabul hotel

On Monday, some prominent Jihadi leaders and politicians slammed government for its security strategy and said government failed to protect the hotel from the attack.

Luis Figuera says that his brother-in-law, Adelsis Ramos was killed along with Pablo Chiossone. Eleven were employees of Kam Air, a private Afghan airline. Two Venezuelans and six Ukrainians are reported to be among the victims. "They were sitting in the corner of the hotel and they immediately started spraying bullets", Hasibullah said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban's spokesman, in an email said their five fighters launched the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel at around 10pm on Saturday night. It appears all the terrorists have not been neutralized as TOLO news channel has reported, that two attackers were still inside the hotel and gunshots could be heard.

In a statement, Ministry of External Affairs lambasted Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists including those associated with the banned organisation Haqqani network.

A group of fashionably dressed terrorists enjoyed dinner at a Kabul hotel before suddenly pulling out their weapons, screaming, "Where are the foreigners?" and killing at least 30, witnesses said Sunday.

Interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish told the news service that the assault ended early Sunday afternoon and that all the attackers had been killed. Nasrat, also confirmed several people have died and at least six wounded.

KamAir also put out an announcement saying some of their flights were disrupted because of the attack.

Vasyl Kyrylych, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, announced the death in a brief statement on Twitter, without providing further details. "We commend the professionalism and bravery of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in saving the lives of hundreds of civilians from this gruesome attack".

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The overnight siege is not the first time the Intercontinental has been targeted: in 2011 a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban killed 21 people there, including 10 civilians.

"The body of the foreigner, a woman, was recovered from the sixth floor as the last attacker was being killed", he added.

The raid was the latest in a series of attacks that have underlined the ability of militants to mount high-profile operations aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government.

Danish said 153 hotel guests and staff, including 8 foreigners, were rescued.

This was the second time the Intercontinental Hotel has come under attack in the past few years.

The Taliban claimed both attacks.

Local resident Abdul Sattar said he had spoken by phone to friends who are hotel staff and had been trapped inside. One of those killed was a tribal elder who served as the local police commander.

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