KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen fired shots inside a luxury hotel on Thursday in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, police said, but the scale of the attack and the number of casualties was unclear.
Security sources told Reuters that two or three gunmen armed with pistols entered the Serena hotel by a back door. Two people had been wounded, they said. There were no details on the nationality of those hurt.
Afghan intl sources confirm shootout inside #KabulSerena but says it may not be a terrorist attack. Taliban spox also denied responsibility
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Grizzled Afghan mujahideen commanders erupted into yells as their presidential candidate, a dapper man in a scarf and neatly trimmed beard, stepped towards the microphone.
“Victory awaits us!” Abdullah Abdullah, a senior aide to an anti-Taliban militia leader during the civil war, told a campaign rally on Thursday.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai nominated a new vice president on Tuesday, a moderate politician from the same ethnic group as an opposition candidate contesting next month’s presidential election.
Mohammad Younus Qanuni replaces Marshal Mohammad Fahim Qasim, who died following an illness last week. Both men are Tajiks, Afghanistan’s second largest ethnic group.
#Afghanistan: 5 election workers gone mising, feared kidnapped, in AskaMina district of eastern Nangarhar, provincial elex chief Akhtar Mohd
KABUL (Reuters) – A little-known militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in the Afghan capital, saying he was a spy for British intelligence.
Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality, was shot dead outside a restaurant one Kabul’s most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month’s elections.