Terrorism & Insurgency

Kabul hotel attack underlines continuing Taliban intent and capability to target foreigners in Afghanistan during 2018

23 January 2018


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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