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Egypt 'stands in solidarity with Afghanistan' after deadly terror attack on Kabul hotel

Ahram Online , Reuters , Sunday 21 Jan 2018
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Afghan security forces keep watch as smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul January 21, 2018 Reuters
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Egypt condemned the deadly terrorist attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul which killed at least 18 people on Saturday.

A statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry affirmed that "the Egyptian government and people stand in solidarity with their counterparts in Afghanistan in the face of terrorism."

The Afghan interior ministry said on Sunday that at least 18 people were killed, including 14 foreign nationals, when at least five suicide bombers stormed the six-storey luxury hotel overlooking the city.

However, a senior Afghan security official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said the death toll was over 30 and might climb higher. The dead included hotel staff and guests as well as members of the security forces who fought the attackers.

All five attackers were also killed, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said.

The raid was the latest in a series of attacks that have underlined the city's vulnerability and the ability of militants to mount high-profile operations aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government.

 

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