Afghanistan: 14 killed in Taliban suicide attack on Kabul hotels
At least ten people have been killed in a coordinated Taliban suicide attack on hotels used by foreigners in the affluent centre of Kabul.
A spokesman for the militant insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault and said five bombers had attacked two hotels in the centre of town. A suicide bomber detonated first close to the high-rise Safi Landmark hotel in the central Shah-e-Naw district and there were further smaller explosions and shots fired.
Police reported they had shot dead two further attackers following the attack soon after 6.30am (2am GMT). Civilians, Afghan policemen and at least one Indian citizen were among the dead and 32 people had been taken to hospital according to Afghan authorities. It was also reported that foreigners could have been killed.
There were unconfirmed reports that attackers had entered the Safi Landmark hotel. The glass-fronted hotel is one of the capital's most opulent. An adjoining shopping centre is popular with foreigners and wealthy Afghans buying consumer electronics and fashionable clothes.
Friday is the quietest day of the week in Kabul and the streets were nearly deserted at the time of the attack.
Until the Mosques chucked out.
Posted on 02/26/2010 6:59 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax