March 20 - Following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a luxury hotel Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, security sources say four assailants were killed. Gavino Garay reports.
Afghan security forces say they've killed four assailants following an attack by the Taliban on a luxury hotel in capital Kabul. It's home to many United Nations staff and foreign delegations. So far, no reports of deaths among staff or guests, in an attack where the suspects hid pistols in their socks.... This spokesman from the Afghan Interior Ministry explains. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, SEDIQ SEDIQQI, SAYING: "There were four attackers, four terrorists… according to information they were underage, and they came to ask security of the hotel, which is a very good security as we all know, and they wanted to get in and they have said to the guards that we would like to have dinner here, but they started later on the attack. They had small pistols. They carried those pistols. They were able to hide those pistols in their socks, but at 9:00 o'clock they started shooting on some of the personnel of the hotel. We got the information right away, and we sent our police commando forces, and there was an operation going on. Fortunately all of them were killed by security forces." Officials say the attackers entered the hotel around 6p.m. local time and waited for three hours before carrying out their attack. Some guests said the attack began in the hotel restaurant. Two guards were reportedly wounded. Earlier in the day, 11 people were killed in a suicide attack on a police station in Jalalabad. The Taliban have vowed to kill anyone associated with next month's presidential elections.