A Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul has killed several civilians, including children and foreigners. The attack comes just weeks before Afghanistan’s presidential election.
At least eight civilians were killed during an assault by four gunmen on Thursday night at a luxury hotel in Kabul, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry said Friday.
The gunmen, believed to have been around 18 years of age, entered Kabul’s Serena hotel with pistols hidden in their socks and opened fire in the hotel restaurant. All four men were killed in the ensuing standoff with Afghan security forces.
“Eight civilians including, three women (two foreigners), three men and two children were killed during the terrorist attack on Serena Hotel Kabul last night,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on his official Twitter account.
The hotel is popular with foreign visitors and is heavily fortified.
The attack, claimed by the Taliban, comes just weeks before Afghanistan’s presidential election.
The Taliban have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the election on April 5.
Maintaining security will be a huge test of Afghan forces abilities as foreign troops wind down their combat mission at the end of this year.
hc/ccp (AFP, AP)