26/11 India style terror attack in Afghanistan targets high profile foreigners

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Aveek Sen is an independent journalist working on cyber security and the geopolitics of India’s neighbourhood, focusing on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Bangladesh.He tweets at @aveeksen

10 employees of Afghanistan’s KAM airlines were killed in the attack. The victims  include 2 Venezuelans 🇻🇪 and 6 🇺🇦 Ukrainians. 5 pilots are among those killed. 14 employees  are missing. Afghan and Western Special Forces rescued some of the employees but we haven’t been able to locate all of them. Flights in the country were canceled because because of it. Pilots,  flight engineers and crew members killed or missing. KAM international flights will be cancelled or delayed, deputy head of operations for Kam Farid Paykar told Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary.

Javid Faisal, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Chief Executive of Afghanistan.said that Afghan forces rescued over 100 civilians and killed all suicide bombers in the attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. The attack was carried out by Pakistan based Haqqani Terrorist Network. We unfortunately lost 7 precious lives. Later terrorist group Taliban claimed responsibility for the terror attack. Some analysts say that there is a complete Haqqani takeover of Taliban.

 

Manpreet Vohra, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan said, “This is another in the series of cowardly terrorist attacks on soft targets in Kabul and other cities, designed to kill and injure as many innocent civilians as possible. The planning and execution of such barbaric massacres is made possible by the sanctuaries, safe havens and official support that terrorists continue to enjoy outside Afghanistan. This must be stopped without further delay.”

 

US had issued a security alert for Kabul, Afghanistan on 18th saying “reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai Int’l Airport.”

 

Dr Shaida Abdali, Afghan Ambassador  to India tweeted saying, “Enough is enough, the US South Asia policy is on the margins of credibility test. Nothing but action on sanctuaries will help pass the test!” A call to Trump to take tough action against terror sanctuaries in Pakistan.

 

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