7 Taliban, 11 others killed in attack on luxury hotel in Kabul
The International Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, is popular among international guests.
June 28th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

7 Taliban, 11 others killed in attack on luxury hotel in Kabul

[Updated at 12:36 a.m. ET Wednesday] Seven Taliban attacked Kabul's Hotel Inter-Continental in a brazen, carefully orchestrated operation that began Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, ending with their deaths and those of 11 other people some six hours after it began, police said.

"We are still searching the hotel; the death number may increase," said Chief of Criminal Investigations Mohammad Zahir on Wednesday morning. Twelve people were wounded or injured, he added.

"The situation is secure," Interior Minister Bismullah Khan said. By then, the top floor of the hotel was ablaze, but within a couple of hours, the flames were gone, though smoke continued to rise from the wreckage.

Two security personnel were killed in the attack, he said.

The Taliban penetrated the hotel's typically heavy security in the attack, and one of them detonated an explosion on the second floor, said Erin Cunningham, a journalist for The Daily in Kabul. A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, said in an e-mail that the suicide attackers entered the hotel after killing the security guards at the entrance.

The Inter-Continental is popular among international guests. A news conference had been scheduled to take place there Wednesday to discuss the planned transition of security from international to Afghan forces that U.S. President Barack Obama announced last week.

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  1. Blue Heaven

    Oh, well then you must read a lot. One day down X amount left before the DAY. night all. My first day on the blog and it seems to be a crazy place, but fun.
    Night all

    June 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |

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  2. Philip

    Thanks for your comments Blue Heaven. Don't be a stranger now!

    June 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Over there

    wrong blog guys,cnn has a belief blog for your humble opinions.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Yeah, we know. It's over there again. But we happened to be here, so to conserve energy, we just stayed here instead of going way over there. If you still don't get it, Over here will be along shortly to explain further. I hope everythings OK Over there before Overe here gets here...or there!

    June 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    LMAO... I'm not there but I am here. LOL
    Good one

    June 29, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. wandanunez

    Breaking News: Taliban Suicide Bombers Attack Kabul http://bit.ly/ja4e4y

    June 29, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. sam

    Now thats what i call winning an UNLAWFUL WAR

    June 29, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Thanks Jazzy. 🙂

    June 29, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      (shaking my head in disbelief) What

      June 29, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    I prefer CouchSurfing over luxury hotels: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/andreas_lawyer/

    June 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Capatin

    Dag nabbit good stuff you whpieprsnaprpes!

    July 29, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
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