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At least 18 killed in Kabul after Taliban militants attack luxury hotel

Afghan security forces announced Sunday that all six Taliban militants who took over Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday night have been killed.

At least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, were killed during the siege, and 10 were injured. The militants were wearing suicide vests and exchanged gunfire with security forces, and witnesses said they went up and down the hallways of the luxury hotel, targeting foreigners and government officials. Several of the victims were employees of KamAir, a private Afghan airline.

A spokesman for the Taliban said that originally they wanted to attack the hotel on Thursday, but they postponed their plans due to a wedding on the premises, wanting to minimize civilian casualties.