Tal­iban bombs ho­tel for for­eign­ers

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A POW­ER­FUL Tal­iban lorry bomb struck a ho­tel for for­eign­ers here yes­ter­day, trig­ger­ing a seven-hour gu­nand-bomb as­sault that high­lighted the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in a cap­i­tal still reel­ing from its dead­li­est at­tack for 15 years.

The guests and staff of North­gate ho­tel were un­harmed but one po­lice­man was killed after the bomb­ing, which rat­tled win­dows sev­eral kilo­me­tres away, paved the way for armed in­sur­gents to en­ter the heav­ily guarded fa­cil­ity close to the air­port here.

The com­pound hous­ing for­eign con­trac­tors was pre­vi­ously at­tacked in July 2013. Ear­lier this month, the Is­lamic State group claimed twin bomb­ings that left 80 peo­ple dead in the Afghan cap­i­tal, the dead­li­est at­tack in the city since the Tal­iban were ousted from power in 2001.

“A lorry bomb packed with ex­plo­sives struck the outer wall of the ho­tel,” said Kabul po­lice chief Ab­dul Rah­man Rahimi.

“One po­lice­man lost his life and three oth­ers were wounded but none of the ho­tel staff or guests were hurt. Three Tal­iban fighters, in­clud­ing the bomber, were killed.”

Afghan com­man­dos set up a tight se­cu­rity cor­don around North­gate as er­ratic grenade ex­plo­sions and gun­fire rocked the area after the at­tack be­gan around 1.30am.

TV sta­tion Tolo cited a source in­TOUGH

side the fa­cil­ity as say­ing that all the staff and guests – in­clud­ing 11 for­eign­ers – hun­kered down in safe rooms all through the night.

It added that NATO spe­cial forces had over­seen the clear­ance oper­a­tion at the North­gate. –

Photo: AFP

Se­cu­rity per­son­nel in­ves­ti­gat­ing the site of a pow­er­ful lorry bomb blast which tar­geted a ho­tel used by for­eign con­trac­tors, on the out­skirts of Kabul, yes­ter­day.

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