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PublishDate: Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:16

Haqqani Network behind hot

NATO commander in Afghanisan Gen. John Allen accused Haqqani Network for attack on Kabul hotel at Qargha lake.

NATO commander in Afghanisan Gen. John Allen accused Haqqani Network for attack on Kabul hotel at Qargha lake.

Taliban militants attacked Spozhmai hotel at Qargha lake in capital Kabul and killed several Afghan civilians.

“This latest attack comes after insurgents failed to disrupt the recent Heart of Asia conference. Afghan National Security Forces and coalition military sources acknowledge that this attack bears the signature of the Haqqani network, which continues to target and kill innocent Afghans and blatantly violate Afghan sovereignty from the safety of Pakistan.”

“Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those defenseless Afghans who were murdered in their sleep during the early morning hours of Jum’ ah by the enemies of peace in Afghanistan. There is no doubt that innocent Afghan civilians were the intended targets of this unspeakably brutal attack. 

Additionally, a number of security guards and law enforcement officers gave their lives protecting women and children. These atrocities should be condemned in the strongest of terms.”

“I am extremely impressed with the Afghan police and special response units who arrived quickly to secure the scene and liberate civilian hostages. While we provided minimal support at the request of the Afghan security forces, there should be little doubt about their ability and capability to protect the Afghan people in the years ahead.”

According to Afghan interior ministry officials at least 4 armed insurgents on Thursday night attacked the hotel, killing at least 20 people including 15 Afghan civilians.

Interior ministry officials on Friday said the four insurgents were killed after resisting the security forces for almost 12 hours.(AOP)

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