Serial suicide bombings in Afghanistan capital kill at least 17
At least 17 persons, including three police officers, were killed as suicide bombers on Friday attacked an area in Kabul where small residential hotels used by foreigners are located. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack while most of the civilian killed in the attack were Indians.
KABUL: Suicide bombers attacked in the heart of Kabul on Friday, triggering a series of explosions and gunbattles that killed at least 17 people in an area that's home to small residential hotels used by foreigners, police and witnesses said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying five suicide bombers conducted the early morning attacks on two buildings used by foreign citizens, while police said the attackers numbered at least three. Police said Indians were among those killed.
At least 17 people were killed in Friday's attack and 32 wounded, said Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, head of criminal investigation for the Kabul police. He said three of the dead were police officers and most of the civilians who were killed were Indians.
The targets were two residential hotels. A car bomb flattened the Hamid Guesthouse and assailants also attacked the nearby Park Residence, Sayedzada said.
More than two hours after the first explosion, gunfire continued to ring out around one of the guesthouses. Police with gas masks were attempting to smoke out a suspected attacker holed up in the basement of the building, according to a police officer at the scene.