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Afghan Intercontinental Hotel attack: Death toll in Kabul reaches 22

January 22, 2018 4:21 pm

At least 22 people have now been reported killed in a siege by gunmen at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, the health ministry says.

The attack ended more then 12 hours after gunmen in army uniforms entered the hotel around 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT) on Saturday.

The Taliban said their fighters were behind the attack.

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Sources told national news channel, Tolo News, that the death toll could be as high as 43.

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Some 160 people were rescued after Afghan troops fought through Saturday night to regain control of the building.

The gunmen – armed with rocket-propelled grenades as well as smaller weapons – took many of the guests hostage.

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