Kabul Hotel Attack a War Crime

The Pakistani officials are saying that the bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped by almost two billion US dollars

The Pakistani officials are saying that the bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped by almost two billion US dollars

Event: The Taliban claimed credit for the January 20-21 storming of Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel (which has not been affiliated with the worldwide hotel chain by the same name since 1980) that saw four gunmen kill 18 people - including 14 foreigners - and injure 22 others, Al-Jazeera reported January 21.

On Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a warning to United States citizens, saying: "We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul".

Afghanistan Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said at least five other people had been killed and six wounded, a lower casualty total than earlier feared, while 153 people, including 41 foreigners had been evacuated.

Forty Kam Air employees were at the Intercontinental Hotel Saturday night when gunmen opened fire on guests and employees, killing at least 22 people including 14 foreigners.

"We trusted the security of the hotel, we trusted the administration, we trusted the government". Afghan officials did not identify the foreigner killed in the attack.

Editor's Note: This analysis has been updated to specify that the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul is no longer part of the global chain by the same name. Hotel security was taken over by a private company three weeks ago.

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"Who would trust to come to Afghanistan following this incident?" said Paykar.

The ministry says it is investigating how the attackers managed to enter the building.

It is also not clear where the airline will now house its foreign staff while they are in Kabul, which is one of the deadliest places in war-torn Afghanistan for civilians. Live TV footage showed people trying to escape through windows on the upper stories.

The Taliban assault lasted for more than 12 hours until the attackers were killed by Afghan security forces.

Neighboring Pakistan condemned the "brutal terrorist attack" and called for greater cooperation against militants. They have also had to contend with a growing Islamic State affiliate that has carried out a number of massive attacks in recent years. No one immediately claimed the attack, but Walizada blamed Taliban insurgents, who often plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces.

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