Kabul Police said 10 Afghan civilians, mostly hotel employees were killed in the attack
NATO helicopters killed members of a squad of Taliban attacked a historic hotel in Kabul on Tuesday evening, where senior Afghan officials were staying.
At least six Taliban, some of them suicidal, participated in the assault of the Inter-Continental, which began when militants in civilian clothes burst into the hotel, while Many guests were in the dining room and others attended at least two receptions, including a wedding party.
Rocket fire from NATO seems to have put an end to the fighting that lasted over four hours. The police chief of Kabul Mohammad Ayub Salang General said that 10 Afghan civilians, mostly hotel workers had died in the attack.
of miles through the city, residents could see the black-out hotel on a hill on the outskirts of Kabul, illuminated by red tracer bullets and explosions.Afghan police and went to the hotel
order to engage the attackers with machine guns and rocket launchers shortly after the attack began at about 21:30.
Authorities said at least two assailants were killed and four were killed, a tactic that was used several times before fortified buildings, including hotels in the capital.
Taliban spokesman was quick to claim a credit for the attack, saying he had been in contact with one of the attackers inside the hotel.The spokesman
told The Associated Press: "One of our fighters in a phone call and said." We have reached all floors of the hotel and the attack is consistent with the plan were killed and 50 injured foreign and domestic enemies who are in the corridors of the hotel, guests -.. now takes most foreigners, we broke down the doors and took them one by one. "'
His request was denied by Kabul police chief administrative officer Mohammad Zahir, who said the militants had been isolated in a "small part of the roof" and had not been able to give back to the hotel room to another. He said an unknown number of insurgents were firing from positions outside the hotel and close to five officers, including himself Zahir, was injured.
The insurgents were armed with machine guns, antiaircraft guns, rocket launchers and hand grenades, according to Mohammad Zaman Samoonyar, a security officer of the Department of the Interior, who said they were between 60 and 70 people at the hotel.
Another Afghan official said a group of senior provincial officials had been staying at the hotel at the time.
Jawid, a hotel guest, told the AP that jumped from a window of the apartment to escape the shooting.
"I ran with my family," he said. "Shots were fired. The restaurant was full of customers. "
Le 1960, with at least 200 rooms and is no longer officially part of the Intercontinental chain, is a magnet for Western travelers upon a time, many of which are now housed in newly built hotels . However, it is popular with wealthy Afghans and major political figures, and houses a number of major conferences each year.
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