US, UN condemn terror attack in Kabul


After Taliban criminals attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday, more than 40 people were found killed. "He expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of Afghanistan", the statement attributable to his spokesperson said.

US military advisers responded to the attack along with Afghan special operations forces during a 14-hour siege that began when four gunmen raided the six-story hilltop hotel Saturday evening.

Most of the terrorist attacks in Egypt were claimed by a Sinai-based militant group affiliated with the Islamic State regional group.

However, according to recent information from Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the number of Ukrainians killed in the Kabul hotel attack is six people.

Afghan armed forces were able to regain control over the hotel after hours of fighting.

A spokesman for the Taliban insurgents, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone interview. The dead included hotel staff and guests as well as members of the security forces who fought the attackers.

Witnesses said the assailants shot at diners in the hotel restaurant and went floor to floor searching for more victims as panicked guests barricaded themselves in rooms and others escaped by leaping from balconies.

Twelve people were wounded, but some survivors said they believed the death toll was higher than the government had acknowledged.

Officials were record by the BBC as saying a meeting of provincial governors occurring at the hotel may have been the reason for the June 29 attack. "We remain firmly committed to supporting Afghan efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country", the state secretary added. During the siege, terrorists reportedly set fire to the hotel and took hostages before they were subdued by security forces.

In a separate statement, Faisal has condemned the incident and said terrorism was not acceptable.

Global Affairs Canada now recommends Canadians avoid all travel to Afghanistan "due to the unstable security situation, ongoing insurgency, terrorist attacks, the risk of kidnapping and a high crime rate".

The InterContinental Hotels Group developed the hotel, which opened in 1969.

"When it's over, Kabul will show its resilience again".

It was too late for one of them: the interior ministry confirmed at least one person involved in the conference was among the dead.