Taliban attack Kabul hotel, 10 killed

Published: June 29, 2011

The Inter-Continental hotel in seen in the dark as tracer bullets are shot during an attack in Kabul on June 29, 2011. Witnesses reported hearing two explosions and said that several gunmen had got into the high-security hotel late in the evening. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the militant Islamist group was behind the attack which he said was targeting foreign guests in the hotel. PHOTO: AFP

KABUL: 

A hotel popular with Westerners in the Afghan capital has come under attack by gunmen and suicide bombers.

Kabul’s police chief told the BBC that security forces were exchanging fire with up to six assailants who had got inside the Intercontinental Hotel.  A security official said three suicide bombers had blown themselves up at the hotel’s front gate, on the second floor, and at the back of the hotel. At least 10 people are reported to have been killed.

The Intercontinental is one of Kabul’s best-known most heavily guarded hotels. It is situated on a hill on the western outskirts of the city.

Guests told the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul that the scene was one of chaos and panic, and that they had been told not to open their doors.

One guest told the Associated Press that the attack began when many people were having dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, and that he had jumped out of a first-floor window to escape the gunmen.

“I was running with my family,” said the man, named as Jawid. “There was shooting. The restaurant was full with guests.”

Afghan officials told the BBC that a group of Afghan governors had been meeting at the hotel at the time of the attack.

The head of Kabul crime unit said fighting was still going on as police cleared the hotel after an attack claimed by the Taliban. “The clearing of the Intercontinental is still going on. It’s not over yet,” Mohammad Zahir told Reuters.Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group was behind the attack in telephone calls to two news agencies.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2011.


Reader Comments (17)

  • Roflcopter
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:03AM

    oh well, just 10 CIA agents dead.Recommend

  • Everlast
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:33AM

    @Usman Saeed: So what do you suggest should be done?Recommend

  • salman
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:54AM

    Talibans are fighting against invaders…. Taliban won’t stop unless US quitsRecommend

  • Yaris
    Jun 29, 2011 - 3:10AM

    @Roflcopter: humanist much? Recommend

  • Jameel
    Jun 29, 2011 - 3:12AM

    Someone is not happy that US ands Taliban are holding talks on their own. Recommend

  • Asma Ali
    Jun 29, 2011 - 3:15AM

    it is expected .it was just a matter of time.Recommend

  • Analyst
    Jun 29, 2011 - 5:14AM

    Anathor 26/11 by establishment-sponsored ‘non-state-actors’ in the painful drama titled ‘strategic depth’ ?Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 6:39AM

    @salman:
    Yeah? What about all those people other then the US that don’t want them around? It’s not like the US is the sole opposition. You’re the type to stop reading a report half way through and then automatically assume it’s US/India/Imran Khan’s evil twin/the monster in your closet, and speaking of it as fact and never thinking twice, aren’t you?Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 6:55AM

    @Usman Saeed: Language please, language. Salams.Recommend

  • ijaz
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:01AM

    Well How can they be stopped. They are just fighting against invaders. I think it will over when U.S & NATO will stop their cruel activities. Allied forces ‘s cruel activities r just producing more & more Talibans. It can’t be stopped.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:52AM

    @salman: “Talibans are fighting against invaders…. Taliban won’t stop unless US quits”

    Does the Pakistani Military know about this ? If they did, they would not be trying to implement their “strategic depth in Afghanistan” doctrine. Recommend

  • JAL
    Jun 29, 2011 - 10:04AM

    This is what happens Afghanistan when you attack Pakistan….. Recommend

  • Khalid
    Jun 29, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Neither should Taliban stop … They must rule or they must be eliminatedRecommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jun 29, 2011 - 11:56AM

    If Pakistan is an ally then the war against terror can never be won …Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 29, 2011 - 7:42PM

    @Jameel: The options are limited both Khalid and Usman may be the line of future course of action.Recommend

  • Someone
    Jun 30, 2011 - 4:12PM

    @Arijit & Ashutosh:
    What point are you guys trying to prove here? The title says “Taliban” not Pakistan. Maybe you guys should read the heading before you make up your mind.

    Btw, this was bound to happen. This attack proves that all this “negotiations” is top drama. There are no Talibans talking with the Americans, Its cock and bull story that is made up by USA to exit AfghanistanRecommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jun 30, 2011 - 10:30PM

    @Someone:
    Pakistan is the nerve-center of all terrors around the globe.
    Lot of money and innocent lives could have been saved if the allies would have attacked Pakistan instead of Afghanistan.
    Therefore, I ask, if Pakistan is an ally, whom are they fighting against?Recommend

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