20 Dead in Taliban Attack

Taliban militants stormed the popular resort destination of Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul on Friday, killing at least 20 civilians while all seven of the gunmen, a police officer, and three private guards were shot dead. The Taliban said that Afghans drank alcohol at the resort and that prostitution and dancing were going on there. “These acts are illegal and strictly prohibited in Islam,” a Taliban spokesman said. “Women dancers were sexually misused there.” The gunmen also took scores of hostages during the 11-hour-long siege.