Gunmen open fire in luxury hotel in Afghan capital

Gunmen open fire in luxury hotel in Afghan capital

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An Afghan policeman stands near the security perimeter of the Serena hotel in Kabul late on March 20, 2014. Security forces rushed to the luxury Serena hotel in central Kabul on Thursday evening after gunshots were heard at the venue, a high-security location favoured by foreign visitors to the Afghan capital. The gunfire at the hotel on Thursday came on the same day that seven Taliban suicide attackers stormed a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad killing 10 policemen. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's deputy interior minister says three of the gunmen in a luxury hotel in the capital have been killed and another is trapped.
 
   Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi tells The Associated Press that all the guests in the hotel, which is frequented by foreigners, are safe.
 
   The standoff began Thursday night. A senior intelligence official says the gunmen sneaked pistols into the heavily guarded hotel by hiding them in their socks. That official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.
 
   No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban militants have threatened to disrupt upcoming elections, and many observers are staying at the hotel.
 

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