June 29th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

9 militants, 9 others dead after brazen attack on Kabul hotel

The nine militants who targeted a Kabul hotel in a brazen attack killed nine other people, officials said Wednesday.

All the militants, who were prepared to be suicide bombers, died as well, officials said. Six detonated their explosives, said Siddiq Siddiqi, spokesman for the Afghanistan Interior Ministry. The other three were killed on the hotel roof by NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) snipers.

Two police officers are among the dead in the attack at the Hotel Inter-Continental, which began Tuesday night and continued into early Wednesday, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. Officials described the other seven victims as civilians.

One was a Spanish citizen, Spain's news agency EFE reported, citing a family source. Antonio Planas, a 48-year-old pilot, leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

Two Special Operations Forces from New Zealand "received moderate injuries" in responding to the attack, the New Zealand military said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the siege. Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said suicide attackers entered the hotel after killing security guards at the entrance. "One of the suicide attackers told us on the phone that they are in the lobby and chasing guests into their rooms by smashing the doors of the rooms," Mujahid told CNN in an e-mail as the incident was unfolding.

But a Kabul-based official who has direct access to security information told CNN it is believed the attack was instead orchestrated by the Haqqani network, a group of terrorists loyal to the warlord Siraq Haqqani.

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  1. George Patton

    Now I suppose the the right-wing news media will use this incident to glorify the "very wonderful and valient" NATO forces along with their Afghan cohorts as always. I noticed that back in the 1980's the same way they villified the Russians. Neither scenario is true if you want to know the truth.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Good posting, George. The people in the right-wing news media do try to brainwash us like you say they do. If you can get a Mexican newspaper, you can get more of the truth since they tend to be far less biased.

      June 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    George Patton, I asked you a question yesterday on another thread, and you never answered me.

    Why is that?

    June 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    Sigh. O banasy, you got troll-baited

    June 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    As the endless stream of bad reports comes out of Afghanistan, I often wonder If Bush and Blair hadn't financed the Bin Laden gang going in to oust Russia, (who wanted Afghanistan for the same reason Bush did: pipeline route from The Caspian Sea basin to China so his Carlyle Group had a market for their oil) would the Russians be having this much trouble?

    June 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      The main difference here Philip, Is the motivation. The Russians were motivated by their left-wing ideology whereas the NATO forces are motivated by their greed. The Russians were there to save a Communist regime but the Nato forces are trying to open up Afghanistan's mineral resources to exploitation by foreign interests, mainly the U.S., Great Britain and France.

      June 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Mexico has newspapers now? What next...running water?

    June 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No. Prophylactic antibiotics for the water they do have.

    June 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I did not, and would not, write that 3:56 PM comment: I love my greed.
    The troll who wrote it knows that, and he wrote his ersatz post very nicely. He must like me.

    June 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "...here, Philip, is..."
    Not "Nato," but "NATO."
    US, not "U.S."

    June 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I should prefer,
    "...the US, Great Britain, and France."

    June 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Knock it off Hagen

      June 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy


    I know, I know.
    And by the same person who writes the GP posts.
    Looks like JIF did, too.

    June 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Good post, myself,thank you.

    June 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Did I interpret the end correctly ?one terrorist group is trying to steal the credit from another?

    June 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    This attack was completely warrented and necessary in order to stop all the sodomy at that hotel. Notice the fire and brimstone bringing a chaotic end to all the sodomy here? Prophecy is unfolding before our eyes.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Sorry.. "warranted"

    June 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @Philip: You must be a blast in the bedroom. I envy any lucky lady you get a chance to bed down. You probably sleep in separate beds like a 1950's sitcom. No lights on during the act and most certainly only one position.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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