An explosion that reverberated throughout Kabul went off at the city's centrally located luxury hotel that is frequented by foreigners, police said Monday.
It was not clear if the explosion went off inside the hotel or in its large courtyard where the parking lot is located. Police kept journalists and onlookers a far distance from the building.
Mohammad Arif, a police officer, said the explosion had gone off inside the Serena Hotel.
A hotel frequented by foreigners, of course. Many international workers are based at the Serena.
One report said the explosion was in the hotel car parkThe Taleban say four of their fighters have attacked the luxury Serena hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, popular with foreign visitors.
guest told the BBC that there was a huge explosion followed by gunfire. Guests were rushed to the cellar for their own safety.
Reports say at least one person was killed. The Taleban say one of their men managed to detonate a bomb.
Last month, the Taleban carried out at least two suicide attacks in the city.
Taleban spokesman Zadihullah Mujahid told the BBC that the four Taleban fighters were suicide attackers, armed with Kalashnikovs, grenades and explosives jackets.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants with suicide vests, grenades and AK-47 rifles attacked Kabul’s most popular luxury hotel Monday evening, killing at least six people in a coordinated assault rarely seen in the Afghan capital.
Suzanne Griffin, an American who works with the aid agency Save the Children, said she was in the gym’s locker room when the attack started.
How about an aid org, Save Western Civilization,that way the children could get carried along the tide of liberty .
Griffin, 62, of Seattle said hotel staff evacuated the women to another part of the hotel. There was blood on the floor all the way to the kitchen. There was a lot of blood in the lobby. There were empty shell casings outside,” she said.