Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Afghanistan's capital
Thursday, March 20, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan – Four gunmen have died in an attack on a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday.
An Afghan interior ministry official said four Taliban militants opened fire in the five-star Kabul Serena Hotel. All four were killed after three hours of clashes with security forces.
"The assailants - each of them under 18 - entered the hotel, hiding their pistols in their socks," Sediq Sediqi said.
Sediqi added that three hotel personnel were injured in the attack.
The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility.
Located near the presidential palace, the hotel is frequented by foreigners, including diplomats and journalists.
Sediqi noted that Thursday night marked the celebration of 'Nowruz,' a new year holiday marked by the spring equinox and observed by many Near Eastern communities including Persians, Afghans, Azeris, Pakistanis and Kurds.
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