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At least eight civilians killed in Kabul hotel attack

Published on Mar 21, 2014 12:46 PM

KABUL (AFP) - At least eight civilians including children and foreigners were killed in a Taleban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, the spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry said on Friday, just weeks before the country's presidential election.

In a brazen assault, four teenage gunmen with pistols hidden in their socks managed to penetrate several layers of security at the Serena hotel, a prestigious venue favoured by foreign visitors to the capital, on Thursday night.

One of the civilians killed in the attack was a former Paraguayan diplomat who was in Afghanistan as an election observer, Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said.

The Taleban, who have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the election on April 5, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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