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Attack on Kabul hotel leaves 10 dead

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Attack on Kabul hotel leaves 10 dead


Police in Kabul are continuing to search for any more casualties after a militant attack on a landmark hotel popular with foreigners.

So far eight Afghan civilians and two policemen are known to have died in shootings and explosions carried out by Taliban insurgents.

Eight men armed with grenades and guns stormed the Intercontinental hotel, which is supposed to have been heavily guarded.

The attack lasted some five hours and a NATO helicopter is reported to have been used in a final rooftop battle.

All of the militants are reported to have died.

The attack came as Kabul began a conference to discuss the transition of civil and military power from Western forces to Afghans.

It also comes a week after the US announced a phased withdrawal of combat troops.

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