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UPDATE: Two Canadians among 9 killed during attack on luxury hotel in Kabul

Four men opened fire in the restaurant of the Serena hotel in Afghanistan

(AFP, Shah Marai)

Four men with pistols stuffed in their socks attacked a luxury hotel in Kabul, opening fire in a restaurant and killing nine people, including four foreigners, two of them Canadian.
    
Afghan authorities initially said only two security guards had been wounded in the brazen assault on the Serena hotel in Kabul. Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi later told The Associated Press that the Afghan fatalities included two men, two women and one child while the foreigners included two women and two men. Officials told a press conference Friday they were from Canada, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.
    
There has been no word from Foreign Affairs in Ottawa or the Canadian Embassy in Kabul about the Canadian victims.
    
The Afghan capital has been hit by several attacks, but authorities appeared stunned that the militants had managed to get through the tight security at the Serena hotel _ considered one of the safest places to stay in Kabul.
    
The attack in Kabul came just hours after the Taliban killed 11 people in an audacious assault on a police station in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
    
The assailants were killed in both standoffs, but made their point: Afghan forces face a huge challenge in securing upcoming elections next month in what will be a major test of their abilities as foreign troops wind down their combat mission at the end of this year.

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  1. AC posted on 03/21/2014 11:16 AM
    explain to me again why we went there. at what cost in $'s and Canadian lives.
    at least we were smart enough not to get involved in Iraq (another messed up broken place)
    let's learn from our mistakes. you can't win these wars.
  2. john posted on 03/21/2014 11:49 AM
    what the heck are we doing down there anyways . i would never go there that place is a s^#E$^%$%^it hole .
  3. Angry Bill posted on 03/21/2014 12:59 PM
    Were they "real" Canadians, or were they "Canadians of convenience", who hold 2 passports and keep a Canadian one just in case they need to be bailed out of somewhere, like that thing in Lebanon a couple years back?

    In either case, if you are a Canadian and choose to travel to a part of the world like that, you do so with your eyes open and aware that this can happen to you. Your choice.
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