Afghan Taliban gunmen attack popular Kabul lakeside hotel

June 22, 2012 01:34

KABUL - Afghan Taliban gunmen, some armed with rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, have attacked a hotel at Kabul's popular Qargha Lake recreation area, triggering a gun battle in darkness, Afghan police said on Friday.

"Insurgents armed with RPG rockets, and heavy and light weapons, are inside the Spozhmai Hotel and fighting with security forces. We don't know their numbers and if there have been casualties," said Mohammad Zahir, head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kabul police.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying wealthy Afghans and foreigners used the hotel to have "wild parties" in the leadup to the Friday religious day holiday.

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