Some eyewitnesses said the gunmen had being going room-to-room in search of guests. Six other people, including three security forces, were reported wounded and more than 150 people, including 41 foreigners, have been rescued from the hotel. The bodies of three eliminated attackers were recovered. “The security forces are going room-by-room to make sure that there are no more attackers in the building,” the Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The ministry says it is investigating how the attackers managed to enter the building. 34 provincial officials were gathered at the hotel to participate in a conference organized by the Telecommunication Ministry. No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which started around 9 p.m. Saturday.
After a 13-hour stand-off against insurgents, security forces were finally able to sweep most areas of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in their bid to bring the situation under control. Firefighters are still battling with a blaze. Neighboring Pakistan condemned the “brutal terrorist attack” and called for greater cooperation against militants. Saturday night’s siege was not the first for this hotel. In June 2011, nine insurgents carried out a similar attack that lasted for five hours and resulted in the death of 12 people.
Update: 18 people were killed