A truck bomb exploded in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, around 1:25 a.m. local time, at the entrance of Northgate Hotel. The building, which is protected by an armed guard, hosts foreign civil and military ‘contractors’; it is located in the Pul-e-Chakri neighborhood, not far away from the airport.
The attack resulted in the murder of three bombers and the death of a policeman. According to sources, after the explosion, four armed men broke in the hotel. Afghan security forces have immediately surrounded the area, isolating it, and starting a military intervention that caused a heavy shootout.
The attack has been claimed by the Taliban, for whom the Northgate Hotel represents “a luxury place for foreigners.” During the operation, which lasted several hours, four agents were injured. No victims among civilians have been confirmed, despite the fact that the Taliban have mentioned “tens of victims.”
Last week, two Isis-related suicide bombers killed 80 people and injured 230 more in Kabul, blowing themselves up during a protest organized by the members of the Hazara Shia community, which was attended by thousands of people. The Shiite community, which represents 19% of the Afghan population with a Sunni majority, manifested against a government project for the creation of a high-voltage line between the Afghan capital, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, while leaving out the province of Bamiyan – inhabited by the Hazara Shiite minority group –, which will suffer a 50% electricity power decrease.