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Kabul hotel guests hid in terror as Taliban attackers searched floor-to-floor

Kabul hotel guests hid in terror as Taliban attackers searched floor-to-floor

Afghan officials raised the death toll at Kabul’s Intercontinental hotel to 19 on Sunday as the Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest major attack on civilians in the Afghan capital.

U.S. military advisors 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.

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.

Of the 19 people killed, 14 were foreign nationals, said Najib Danish,...

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