Three people were killed and many more injured after gunmen attacked a hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday.
According to police chief spokesman Khalid Zadran, the attack began around 2:30 p.m. local time in Kabul’s Shar-e-Naw business district, with civilians in the building.
A witness who lives nearby told CNN he saw a gunfight break out after gunmen attacked the hotel.
The police sent security forces to the scene and launched an operation to clear the area. The attack ended with all three gunmen killed and hotel guests safely evacuated, according to a tweet from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid on Monday.
Mojahid added that no foreign nationals were killed, but two foreign nationals were injured after jumping from the rooftop.
Videos posted on Twitter by a journalist in Kabul and verified by Reuters show smoke rising from one of the floors amid gunfire, while one person is seen trying to escape the attack by jumping out. from the hotel window.
An emergency nonprofit in Kabul later tweeted that it received 21 casualties at its hospital located near the attack, including 3 who died on arrival – separate from the 3 attackers. Attack is killed.
The attack came a day after the Chinese ambassador met with Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister to discuss security-related issues and seek more attention on protecting the country’s embassy.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the attack happened near a Chinese guesthouse and the Chinese embassy in Kabul was closely monitoring the situation.
Several bombings have occurred in Afghanistan in recent months, including an attack on the Pakistani embassy earlier this month and a suicide bombing near the Russian embassy in September. Both attacks are all claimed by the Islamic State.