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23 January 2018, 01:42 | Tara Lloyd
Image Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the hotel
The five attackers were also killed during the gunfight with Afghan security forces.
In the statement, he also expressed his condolences to the loved ones of those killed and wished a full and speedy recovery to those injured. Officials fear the number of casualties could rise and at least ten people are said to be have been wounded.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told the Foreign Ministry to urgently send the Ukrainian consul from Dushanbe to Kabul for conducting relevant consular procedures.
CNN reported the attackers were affiliated with the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, but Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs publicly condemned the attack.
As if we needed another reminder of the tenuous control that the Afghan government has over the entire warravaged country, Kabul again fell prey to a deadly attack by the Taliban this week.
About 150 desperate staff and guests managed to escape the building throughout the night, amid heavy gunfire and explosions.
Rahimi said the attackers were armed with light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades when they stormed the hotel, a popular venue for weddings, conferences and political gatherings.
Officials said four gunmen burst into the hotel, which is not part of the global InterContinental chain, on Saturday night, opening fire and taking dozens of people hostage.
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Spokesperson of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Anuar Zhainakov confirmed that a Kazakh citizen was among the dead. The Afghan government has alleged that the attacks were carried out by the Haqanni faction of the Taliban, which is supported by Pakistan and have a sanctuary in the NW tribal mountains of Pakistan.
According to the official toll, at least 20 people were killed, including 13 foreigners, many of them air crew of Kam Air.
"We are in contact with Afghan authorities regarding their investigation of the incident", Tillerson said.
"As soon as they broke the doors of the rooms with bullets, they threw a kind of explosive inside the room that after exploding burned down nearly everything around it", he said.
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