Gunfire overnight at CIA office in Kabul

By REUTERS
September 26, 2011 07:55

KABUL - There was a brief gunfight at a hotel in Kabul used as a CIA office on Sunday evening, the city's police chief said, but officials are still investigating what had happened in an area with restricted access even for Afghan security forces.

The Ariana hotel is just a few blocks away from the Presidential Palace and the US embassy, in a heavily guarded military and diplomatic enclave almost entirely inaccessible to casual visitors.

Gunfire and a small blast were heard by Reuters witnesses a few hundred meters away late on Sunday.

Kabul Police Chief Ayub Salangi said there had been an incident at the Ariana hotel, which he described as an "office" for the US government's Central Intelligence Agency.

He had no further information. Afghan security forces have only limited access to the area.


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