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Insurgents In Afghanistan Attack Historic Hotel

In Afghanistan, a number of officials, including provincial governors, had gathered at the famous, Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, ahead of a planned conference to discuss the challenges of providing security in parts of the country starting in July. That is the time frame given by President Barack Obama in preparation of a full military pull out by the year 2014. During the dinner hour, when guests from the hotel were dining and enjoying their meals, an attack was launched by as many as six suicide bombers. Conflicting reports about how many suicide bombers actually were involved are showing up on press services, with some listed three and some six. The exact number of casualties has fluctuated as well, with one report listing only ten while another is listing twenty seven or more.

At least one of these suicide bombers, described only as “male” blew himself up at the front entrance of the hotel with at least one other causing an explosion on the interior of the hotel itself. The Afghan police reportedly opened fire on the insurgents which has called the question of how many were actually involved to mind. In addition to machine gun fire, the police launched grenades as well.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for this latest attack on the capital city which has seen very few real attacks of this kind. Fighting in Afghanistan has been mainly outside of the city, but violence has been increasing since the American led mission that ended with the death of Osama Bin Laden. There have been a number of attacks since that May raid.

On June 18, a number of insurgents in Afghanistan dressed in Afghan army uniforms raided a police station, leaving nine Afghan officers dead. Before that, a suicide bomber managed to sneak into a military hospital, killing six medical students there. In another attack, a suicide bomber attacked the Italian military base in Herat while on the same day, a second one rocked a busy downtown intersection, killing at least four people. Just before this incident, another suicide bomber, wearing a military uniform, shot and killed several NATO service members.

Earlier in the month, NATO had launched an air strike on the capital city, killing a group comprised mostly of women and children after receiving erroneous information that it was an insurgent stronghold. Though they later apologized for the mistake, there has been no change in the plans for pull out. The Italian military base in Afghanistan is there to help build the local Afghan government and infrastructure.

US intelligence has said that every indication shows that the Taliban is weakening in the wake of the death of Osama Bin Laden, however, the people in Afghanistan are concerned that the terrorist organization are actually getting stronger and will pose an even bigger threat once the US troops start pulling out in July.

In the United States, the New York City Police Department announced plans to beef up security in all major hotels there as a precaution only.


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