Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the Taliban’s 14-hour siege of an upscale Kabul hotel last weekend, the state department said on Tuesday. No exact figures were immediately available for either fatalities or injuries. In total, 22 people were killed in the attack including 14 foreigners, Afghan officials said. Eleven of the 14 foreigners had been identified as working for an Afghan private airline, KamAir.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed gunmen belonging to the group were responsible for the attack. The Afghan interior ministry blamed the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, which killed 21 people at the same hotel in 2011.“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. “Out of respect for the families of the deceased, we have no further comment.” (theguardian)…[+]