Afghan official: Death toll from Kabul attack rises to 22

2018-01-23 21:00
An Afghan security stand guard walks in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

An Afghan security stand guard walks in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

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Kabul - An Afghan official says that the death toll from the Taliban attack over the weekend on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel has risen to 22, including 14 foreigners and eight Afghans.

Najib Danish, spokesperson for the interior ministry, said on Tuesday that after the deadly siege ended on Sunday, security forces also defused a vehicle full of explosives near the site of the attack.

READ: Survivors of Taliban attack on Kabul hotel recount ordeal

Earlier reports said that along with the 14 foreigners, four Afghans died in the attack, which ended after security forces said they had killed the last of six Taliban militants who stormed the hilltop hotel.

Danish said an investigation is underway to find out how the attackers got into the building so easily.

More than 150 people were rescued or managed to escape, including 41 foreigners.

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