The Taliban has taken responsibility for the bombing Monday of Afghanistan’s only five-star hotel. The luxurious Serena Hotel, in Kabul, is popular with diplomats and therefore makes for an attractive target.


New York Times:

The Interior Ministry said at least six people were killed and at least six were wounded in the explosion at the Serena Hotel, including two foreign officials it did not identify. It was not immediately clear if any of the dead included foreigners.

If the Taliban claim is confirmed it would be the first attack on the hotel and one of the most brazen assaults by the Taliban in the heavily protected heart of the Afghan capital.

Roads around the hotel were sealed off by the police, and it was impossible to see precisely where the explosion took place or view any damage.

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