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Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on Kabul hotel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel that killed five people and injured several others.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal condemned the incident in a statement and said terrorism was not acceptable.

Gunmen stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces.

Several people had been killed and at least six wounded in the attack, which came days after a U.S. embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul, Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman, said.

However, officials gave no other details on casualty numbers.

Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab said the attackers had got into the main part of hotel through a kitchen and people tried to get out amid bursts of gunfire.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest in a long series of attacks which underlined the city’s precarious situation and the ability of militants to strike blows aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government.

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