KABUL, Afghanistan—Suicide attackers on Tuesday were able to penetrate the security of a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan—where a conference was to be held today about transferring responsibility for security across the nation from foreign combat troops to Afghan—and 10 Afghan civilians were killed, according to a report in The New York Times.
A four-hour standoff with heavily armed Taliban fighters on the rooftop of the Hotel Inter-Continental Kabul ended with 10 Afghan civilians—mostly hotel workers—dead. Hours later, a lone suicide bomber who had been injured in the attack blew himself up in one of the rooms, the report said.
The Kabul Police Chief said most of the 10 victims were workers and cooks employed at the hotel. He said none of the conference attendees staying at the hotel were harmed.
InterContinental Hotels Group issued a statement on their website confirming the hotel where the attacks took place is not affiliated. “The Hotel Inter-Continental Kabul is not part of InterContinental Hotels Group (and has not been since 1980). Our thoughts at this time are with all of the people affected by this tragedy,” the statement said.