`Haqqani network behind Afghan hotel attack`

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabul: This week’s suicide bomb attack on a popular hotel in Afghanistan was the work of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, international officials have confirmed.

"We have intelligence indicators linking this failed terrorist attack to the Haqqani network," international officials told Fox News.

Eight insurgents stormed the Western-style Inter-Continental hotel in Kabul on Tuesday night, setting of explosions and exchanging gunfire with authorities for hours until pressure from Afghan snipers and a NATO helicopter forced three of the remaining bombers to blow themselves up.

Hours later, an injured suicide bomber holed up in one of the hotel rooms detonated his explosives, signalling an end to the fight, the report said.

Eleven Afghan civilians - all workers at the attacked hotel - and two policemen were killed, while thirteen others were wounded. However, none of the hotel’s guests were killed, according to the report.

The attackers were heavily armed with machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and grenade launchers, the Afghan officials said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to a foreign news agency.

But international officials confirmed on Wednesday that the attack was linked to the Haqqani network, an insurgent group closely allied with the Taliban.


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