Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iran condemns terrorist attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Iran condemns terrorist attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

More than 150 guests were able to flee as parts of the building caught fire, with some shimmying down sheets tied together and dropped from upper-floor windows and others rescued by Afghan forces.

Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement condemning the attack on the Intercontinental in Kabul. More than that it shows how weak, helpless and uninspired the Afghan forces actually are.

Spokesperson of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Anuar Zhainakov confirmed that a Kazakh citizen was among the dead.

The Taliban said the hotel was hosting a gathering of Afghan and foreign officials when it was attacked. Ten people, including six security officers, were injured. This time the Afghan army had to clear the hotel floor by floor. He said it was aimed at "citizens of occupying nations" and their "Afghan collaborators".

"I don't know why but I was very calm.it was as if something told me that I would live", Vassiliou said.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The men then ran out of the room to look for them. "Shoot and kill them all", a guest, Abdul Rahman Naseri, said.

Before the authorities took control, a hotel guest told the Conspiracy Talk News agency, that the clients were hiding in their rooms.

With series of attack in Kabul, in 2011, 2017, security has been tightened by the government.

"Everything became chaotic in a moment".

A hotel employee told AFP that he saw two "fashionably dressed" gunmen in the hotel restaurant before the assault began.

Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab said the gunmen had entered the hotel through a kitchen.

The Taliban said their fighters were behind the attack.

However, there have been several attacks in recent months.

In a village in the northern province of Balkh, Taliban militants went from house to house in the middle of the night, pulling police from their homes and shooting them dead. The terror group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgents initially planned to attack the hotel Thursday night but postponed the assault because there was a wedding underway and they wanted to avoid civilian casualties.

After he was escorted to safety, he called some of his colleagues who were trapped inside the burning building and afraid they'd die of smoke inhalation.

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