Afghan govt: 7 Serena hotel workers, including the manager are Pakistani nationals & 2 of them have disappeared after the attack
Afghan spy agency (NDS) says its investigations and findings reveal that PAK ISI was involved in planning attack on Serena Hotel, statement
Afghan presi office says Taliban/Haqqanis weren’t aware of the Serena Hotel attack & blamed a foreign spy agency for being directly involved
Afghan president office says a Pakistani diplomat was filming Serena Hotel corridors days before the attack.
KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban assault on the restaurant of a luxury hotel, considered one of the safest places in Kabul and frequented by foreigners and Afghan officials, has swelled a tide of violence sweeping Afghanistan two weeks before a presidential election.
Taliban gunmen smuggled tiny pistols past the Serena hotel’s heavy security cordon and waited for the restaurant to fill up for an Afghan New Year dinner before emerging to shoot diners point-blank. Three children between two and five were found with bullets in their heads. Four of the nine dead were foreigners.
KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban gunmen killed nine people, including four foreigners, in an attack on a luxury hotel used by United Nations’ staff in Kabul on Thursday, before being shot dead in a shootout with Afghan security forces, police and government officials said.
The assault on the heavily fortified Serena Hotel was the latest in a string of bold attacks by the insurgents seeking to spoil an presidential election on April 5, which would mark the first time in Afghanistan’s history that one elected government hands power to another.
KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban gunmen attacked a luxury hotel on Thursday in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, police said, and four of the assailants were killed in a shootout with Afghan security forces.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told Reuters all the gunmen were dead and security forces were in control of the hotel. He said he was not aware of deaths among the staff or guests, but checks were under way and Afghan special forces were on the scene.