Kabul hotel attack ends as three gunmen killed; two foreigners injured

The attack was carried out at Longan Hotel where Chinese and other foreign nationals usually stay, say Taliban sources



View of a hotel fire in Shahr-e-Naw neighbourhood where gunfire was also heard in Kabul on Monday in this still image from social media video. — Reuters
View of a hotel fire in Shahr-e-Naw neighbourhood where gunfire was also heard in Kabul on Monday in this still image from social media video. — Reuters

By Reuters

Published: Mon 12 Dec 2022, 10:04 PM

Last updated: Tue 13 Dec 2022, 2:56 PM

Armed men opened fire on Monday inside a hotel in central Kabul popular with Chinese nationals in an attack that ended when at least three gunmen were killed by security forces, the Taliban-run administration said.

Two foreigners were injured while trying to escape by jumping from the hotel balcony, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on Twitter.

Kabul's Emergency Hospital, run by an Italian non-profit near the attacked hotel in the Shahr-e-Naw area, reported receiving 21 casualties — 18 injured and three dead on arrival.

Taliban sources said the attack was carried out at Longan Hotel where Chinese and other foreigners usually stay.

A person prepares to jump from a hotel window. — Reuters
A person prepares to jump from a hotel window. — Reuters

Videos posted on Twitter by a journalist in Kabul and verified by Reuters showed smoke billowing out of one of the floors amid sounds of gunshots, while a person was seen trying to escape the attack by jumping out of a hotel window.

Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said the attack took place around 2.30pm local time, with residents in the area saying they heard a powerful explosion followed by gunfire.

Smoke rises from a hotel building after an explosions and gunfire in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. — AP
Smoke rises from a hotel building after an explosions and gunfire in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. — AP

The attack came a day after China's ambassador met the Afghan deputy foreign minister to discuss security-related matters and sought more attention on the protection of its embassy.

A person jumps from a hotel window. — Reuters
A person jumps from a hotel window. — Reuters

China's state-run Xinhua news agency said the attack happened near a Chinese guesthouse and its embassy in Kabul was closely monitoring the situation.

The embassy did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Several bombings have taken place in Afghanistan in recent months, including an attack on the Pakistan embassy earlier this month and a suicide blast near the Russian embassy in September. Both attacks were claimed by Daesh.


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