Taliban says it's behind explosion at Kabul hotel

The power is out across Kabul following an explosion.
(Image credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

The Taliban says it is behind an explosion early Monday morning that rocked a Kabul hotel primarily used by foreign workers.

In an email to media outlets, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his group detonated a truck bomb outside the Northgate Hotel, and fighters were able to make their way inside. During a gun battle, one police officer and two militants were killed, the BBC reports; no one staying at the hotel was injured. The compound, near Bagram Air Base, is heavily fortified and was attacked by insurgents in 2013. The blast caused widespread power outages in the area.

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