Friday, March 28, 2014

Taliban Storm Kabul Guesthouse, Hold 4 Hostage; Afghan Child Killed, Security Forces Kill Taliban

Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul guesthouse used by a U.S.-based aid group and held four foreigners hostage for several hours today (March 28, 2014) -- just eight days before Afghanistan holds a presidential election which the military group has vowed to derail -- the Reuters website reports.

Kabul is already on high alert and people across Afghanistan are on edge ahead of an April 5 vote that the hardline Islamist movement has denounced as a Western-backed sham.

The siege of the walled compound -- which is also home to a small church -- lasted several hours before Afghan security forces killed the last remaining Taliban gunman holed up inside.

At least one Afghan child was killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the building and the insurgents forced their way in. There were no foreign casualties.

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