On 20 January 2018, six Taliban militants wearing suicide improvised explosive device (IED) vests and armed with AK-47 assault rifles and grenades attacked and temporarily occupied the government-owned Intercontinental Hotel (no association with the InterContinental Hotels Group) in Kabul, outside the capital’s high-security diplomatic area.
According to eyewitness accounts, the attackers singled out foreigners for attack: official reporting suggests that of the 22 people killed during the 12-hour siege, 13 were expatriates. A security official said that the attackers had passed unchallenged through outer security checkpoints, while the interior ministry claimed that they entered through the hotel’s unsecured kitchen area.
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