Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has strongly denounced the armed attack and hostage taking in Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel which left tens of innocent civilians dead and wounded.
In a Sunday statement, Qassemi expressed regret over the brutal hotel attack and offered sympathy to the Afghan nation and government, and the families of the victims.
“It goes without saying that those who use coercion and violence for their own gain in Kabul must learn from the fate of the Takfiri terrorism in the region over the past recent months.”
According to Afghan interior ministry 14 foreigners and 4 Afghans were killed when gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.
The brazen overnight raid at one of Kabul’s main hotels began late Saturday. Four gunmen opened fire at guests inside the five-star hotel.
Pitched gun battles lasted for more than 13 hours into Sunday morning, when officials said all the attackers had been killed.
The Haqqani network, an ally of Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Toloo News. It was the second time the hotel was attacked in the past seven years.