At least three killed in Afghan hotel attack

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) – Attackers entered a hotel in western Afghanistan yesterday and killed at least three security forces in an ongoing incident, an official told AFP.

The attack was underway in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, having started around 12.40pm when a group of men, some wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel.

“The attackers have entered a hotel, they are exchanging fire with the security forces,” Head of the Badghis provincial council Aziz Bek told AFP.

“So far, three security forces have been killed, two wounded.”

He added that children had been evacuated from nearby schools, and that explosions could be heard in the city.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a group of suicide bombers had entered a hotel and were shooting civilians. Police had surrounded the building, he added.

Haroon Amir, a witness, said the attackers first hit a police checkpoint and then entered the hotel. “Two big explosions have been heard in the city so far.”

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes amid daily carnage in Afghanistan despite a United States (US)-led push for a deal to try to end the war.