1. Terrorism

    Eighteen Killed in Taliban Hotel Attack

    A NATO military helicopter hovers over the Intercontinental Hotel after it was attacked by armed Taliban rebels in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 June 2011. At least eight gunmen and suicide bombers had stormed the hotel late 28 June and staged a siege that lasted for four hours until a NATO helicopter attack ended the siege. Eight civilians and two police officers were reported dead in the course of the assault.

    S. Sabawoon, EPA / Landov

    NATO helicopters helped to end the Taliban siege of an international Kabul hotel, but not before the attackers killed at least 10 people Tuesday. The siege on the Hotel Inter-Continental lasted five hours. Eight attackers entered the hotel after killing the security guards at the entrance. They then went to the roof and shot rocket-propelled grenades at the vice president’s house. At least three explosions went off inside the hotel. After four hours, NATO choppers killed insurgents on the roof before Afghan police forces swept the hotel. All eight attackers died in the clash; at least one detonated a suicide bomb.

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