Several Americans Killed, Wounded In Kabul Hotel Attack


"We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded", the State Department said.

The State Department says several US citizens were killed and wounded in a recent attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel by Taliban militants that left at least 30 people dead.

The shooters were connected to the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. A deadly siege on a luxury hotel in Afghanistan ended Sunday after nearly 12 hours of fighting between security forces and the attackers, leaving nine people dead, including four attackers, the Interior Ministry said.

"The attack on the hotel, once again, shows the depravity of terrorists who seek to sow chaos". Eleven of the foreigners had been previously identified as employees of the private Afghan airline KamAir.

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No exact figures were immediately available for either the USA fatalities or injuries.

He stated this while participating in a discussion titled "Broadening the lens beyond security: The next few decades of US-Pakistan relations" at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Monday.

The attack came just days after the USA embassy in Kabul issued a warning about possible attacks on hotels in the city.

Afghan security officials speculated that the attack was timed to take place as more than 30 provincial officials were at the hotel, attending a conference organized by the Telecommunications Ministry.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement Sunday condemning the attack.

"He expresses his solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan", said the statement delivered by his spokesperson. "Violence like what we witnessed yesterday has no place in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world".

Aizaz Chaudhry said that Pakistan's economy has grown by 5 percent each year for the last three years and stressed the need for Pakistan and the U.S. to work together to enhance economic content of the relationship for mutual prosperity. Witnesses reported seeing US military vehicles at the site after the attack, assisting Afghan security personnel.

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