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Attack on Kabul hotel popular with Chinese nationals ends, three assailants killed


KABUL: At least three attackers were killed by security forces in Afghanistan on Monday after armed men opened fire inside a hotel in central Kabul that was home to many Chinese nationals, one shot said a spokesman for the Taliban-run government.
Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack has now ended and no foreigners have been killed, although two of them were injured trying to escape the attack by jumping from a hotel balcony.
A video posted on Twitter by a journalist in Kabul, verified by Reuters, shows smoke rising from a multi-storey building, with a lower floor on fire.
Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said the attack happened around 2:30 p.m. local time when armed men targeted a hotel where “common people were staying.”
Residents in the area said they heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire. Residents said the attack was carried out at a building where Chinese and other foreigners normally live.
The attack came a day after the Chinese ambassador met with Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister to discuss security-related issues and seek greater attention to the security of the country’s embassy.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the attack took place near a Chinese guesthouse and that the country’s embassy in Kabul was closely monitoring the situation.
A number of bombings and gun attacks have taken place in Afghanistan in recent months, some of which have been claimed by Islamic State fighters.
The Islamic Taliban, which took power after US-led foreign forces withdrew in August 2021, said they were focused on defending the country.

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