United States asks Pak. to expel Taliban leaders

Jan 25, 2018, 01:39
United States asks Pak. to expel Taliban leaders

"We express our deepest condolences to our American families and to all the victims of the attack", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Afghan authorities have not confirmed the attackers wore police uniforms. "Unfortunately, we have received confirmation Glenn Selig was killed during the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel", the Selig Multimedia representative said in the statement.

Senior Afghan security officials have said the death toll could climb higher. Some hid in bathtubs or under mattresses as the attackers roamed the hotel's hallways killing people.

More than 150 guests were able to flee as parts of the building caught fire, with some shimmying down sheets tied together and dropped from upper-floor windows and others rescued by Afghan forces.

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Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said that 19 bodies had been brought into city hospitals, with six identified as foreigners.

However, Ukraine's ambassador to Tajikistan and Afghanistan, Viktor Nikityuk, told the 112 Ukraine TV channel on January 22 that seven Ukrainian citizens working for KamAir had died in the attack.

A private security firm, Kabul Balkh Safety and Security Organization, (KBSS), won a contract from the government to guard the hotel three weeks ago, Reuters reported.

The Interior Ministry blamed the extremist Haqqani network, which is based in Pakistan and allied with the Taliban.

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A spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had said he was not aware of the Islamabad talks, while the Taliban did not respond to queries.

The United States now has around 14,000 uniformed personnel in the country.

'The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.'They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.

He also highlighted the efforts and sacrifices of Pakistani people and security forces to defeat the forces of terrorism.

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Several armored USA military vehicles with heavy machine guns could be seen close to the hotel along with Afghan police units as Special Forces maneuvered around the site.

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