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News Update: CCTV Footage of Serena Hotel Gunmen

Date of Occurrence: March 20, 2014 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Hotel Attack Fatalities: 9 Injuries/Displaced: unknown

Here is a link to CCTV  footage of the four gunmen who entered the Serena Hotel and whose attack killed nine people.

The Guardian

 

News Update: Nine Civilians Die at Attack on Serena Hotel in Kabul

Date of Occurrence: March 20, 2014 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Hotel Gunbattle Fatalities: 9 Injuries/Displaced: 2

Several teenage Taliban gunmen slipped into the Serena Hotel in Kabul on Thursday, March 20th, 2014.  Two young girls and seven others were killed in the attack. Four of the victims were foreigners from Canada, India, New Zealand, and Pakistan.  The attack that appears to have been planned as part of a larger effort to undermine the upcoming presidential elections.  Election monitors were among the guests at the hotel.

Attackers were armed with only six small handguns that were hidden in their shoes.  The attackers waited for over three hours before beginning their attack.  Armed with this small group of weapons, the attack went on for over two hours.  During the attack, hundreds of staff and guests took refuge in a bunker or were evacuated from the building.

Weapons used by gunmen were hidden inside their shoes.  (Photo: Anja Niedringhaus/AP)

Sources:

The Guardian

Voice of America

Gunmen Attack Serena Hotel in Kabul

Date of Occurrence: March 20, 2014 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Attack on Hotel Compound Fatalities: 0 Injuries/Displaced: Unknown

Armed gunmen entered the Serena Hotel via a back door around 6:00 pm.  They remained in the hotel for over three hours before beginning their attack, which started in a restaurant inside the hotel.  After firing on a number of guests, the assailants hid in bathrooms as security forces arrived.  All gunmen were killed and Afghan special forces were on the scene.

The Serena Hotel was targeted in 2008 by a suicide bomber where six people were killed.

Source:

Huffington Post

Al Jazeera