Taliban bombs hotel for foreigners
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. –
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.