Talibans have relaunched the spring offensive campaign with an attack over a guest house, which left dead 14 people. Among those confirmed dead were nine foreigners, whose nationalities are yet to be accounted for. It is official that an American, a British, four Indians and one Italian are on the list of the casualties of this attack.
Gunmen have taken hostages after storming into a party for foreigners at the Park Palace Hotel in the Afghan capital, and killed the victims after a long siege of the hostages, which ended almost in the morning of 14 of May. Five Afghans were also killed, four men and one woman, among the attackers, after a shootout with the Afghan police.
Confirming some of the nine foreign casualties following the attack in Kabul were the U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Monica Cummings and the Italian Foreign Ministry, Paolo Gentiloni, who identified the Italian national as being Sandro Abati.
Talibans have claimed the attack responsibility through an email, sent to the media by their spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, who alleged that the guest house target was picked for the presence of the foreign nationals. At the end of last year, the U.S. and NATO officially concluded combat missions in Afghanistan and have withdrawn most of the troops deployed. The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has attempted to show a greater deal of security improvement in the capital, but this attack simply undermines his efforts.
Wednesday’s events in Kabul leaving behind a death toll of 14 displays how the Talibans have been able to adapt to the tight security strategy in the Afghan capital and how they will take advantage of the spring conditions to threaten even more the peace plans in Afghanistan.
By Lucky Graziano
Associated Press – Taliban attack in Kabul killed 14, including 9 foreigners
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