Taliban claim attack on Afghan guesthouse that killed 11

May 14, 2015 11:33

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a popular guesthouse in Kabul that officials said killed at least 11 people, including foreigners attending a dinner and arriving for a concert.

At least one American and two Indian nationals were confirmed among the dead at the Park Palace guesthouse in an upscale neighborhood of central Kabul.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an emailed statement one of the insurgents' operatives carried out the attack with the aim of killing foreign citizens in retaliation for the US and its allies supporting the Kabul government of President Ashraf Ghani.

"The occupying forces should realize that they are not safe from our attacks under any cover or in any location," Mujahid said.

The official death toll rose from five to 11 on Thursday as more bodies were found after the five-hour standoff with police.

"Unfortunately 11 people, including foreigners, were killed in the attack. It was one attacker and we are still investigating how he got in," police criminal investigation chief Farid Afzali Kabul said.

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