Kabul Intercontinental Hotel attack death toll rises drastically including at least 11 foreigners
KABUL - The Kabul Intercontinental Hotel attack that lasted for over 17 hours has ended at last with the eleminiatuon of all 5 militants.
Sources say the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel attack left at least 43 people dead, including the 11 Kam Air employees who were all foreigners.
A reliable source told TOLOnews that at least 11 Kam Air staff members were among those killed in the Taliban siege on Intercontinental Hotel in Bagh-e-Bala area in Kabul overnight.
The employees were all foreign citizens, the source said.
Officials of the airline, said they have canceled domestic flights for now following the incident.
“At least four flights of ours were canceled today because we could not use the personnel who were shocked due to today’s incident,” Aziz, operational deputy head of Kam Air, told TOLOnews.
The Civil Aviation Authority however said the flights will be resumed soon.
“When a flight is canceled it is announced early and when the company is ready they announce once again that they are ready to fly,” said Mahmoud Shah Habibi, head of the authority.
Kam Air runs 20 domestic flights from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul every day, the airline officials said.
Afghanistan’s Consul General to Karachi Abdullah Wahid Poyan and the High Peace Council spokesman Ahmad Farzan and Jamaluddin Pachakhail, the director of communication information technology of Farah province were meanwhile also among those who lost their lives in the attack.
Pachakhail was in Kabul to attend an annual meeting of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.