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Taliban targets foreigners in Kabul guest house attack


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Taliban targets foreigners in Kabul guest house attack

An attack on a popular guest house in the Afghan capital Kabul has left at least 14 people dead.

Those killed include four Indian nationals, a Briton, an American, an Italian and a Kazakh national.

The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the five-hour assault at the Park Palace, located in the diplomatic enclave of Kabul.

It happened as guests attended a dinner and arrived for a concert.

Police say more than 40 people were rescued. It is unclear how many gunmen were involved.

A Taliban spokesman said the aim was to kill foreigners, in retaliation for the US and its allies supporting the Kabul government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Militants have stepped up attacks since most foreign forces pulled out of Afghanistan at the end of last year.

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