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Americans were among those killed in Afghan hotel attack, U.S. official says

Aftermath of the Intercontinental hotel attack in Kabul, Afghanistan - 23 Jan 2018
Journalists gather Jan. 23 outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, after a deadly attack by militants.
(Hedayatullah Amid / EPA/Shutterstock)

A State Department official says multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the Taliban’s weekend attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The official isn’t giving exact figures for either the U.S. fatalities or injuries. The official wasn’t authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

The State Department says the United States is sending “deepest condolences” to the families and friends of those killed and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

The Americans are among 22 people killed in the attack in the Afghan capital. An Afghan interior ministry official has said 14 were foreigners and eight were Afghans. More than 150 people were rescued or escaped.

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The 13-hour weekend siege started Saturday when Taliban militants in suicide vests stormed the hotel. It ended Sunday.


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