Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, survivors and a security source said Monday as more details of the victims emerged.

Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Afghan capital late Saturday in an assault that lasted more than 12 hours and prompted questions over how the attackers breached security.

Guests hid behind pillars and in rooms as gunmen sprayed bullets and set fire to parts of the six-storey building. Some people climbed over balconies and used bed sheets in a desperate attempt to escape. “They were saying, ‘Kill the foreigners!’,” a 20-year-old hotel employee who gave his name as Hasibullah told AFP from his hospital bed.

He described hiding in a fifth-floor room and listening as the gunmen went from room to room, forcing doors open “with daggers” and killing those inside. Officials have said that at least 14 foreigners were killed.

“They didn’t want to kill the Afghans,” a security source told AFP. “The weapons and bullets they had were for the foreigners.” One other witness claimed he had seen the militants beheading guests. The attack ended Sunday with all six militants killed by Afghan forces, aided by Norwegian troops. (AFP)

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<p>Afghan security personnel are seen on the rooftop of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on January 22, 2018, following an attack on the hotel.(Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan security personnel are seen on the rooftop of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on January 22, 2018, following an attack on the hotel.(Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Security forces stand guard at a gate of Intercontinental Hotel after the deadly attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Security forces stand guard at a gate of Intercontinental Hotel after the deadly attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

<p>Afghan security personnel leave the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul on January 21, 2018. (Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan security personnel leave the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul on January 21, 2018. (Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Residents watch an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Residents watch an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

<p>An Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

An Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP)

<p>Afghan security personnel stand guard as black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan security personnel stand guard as black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP)

<p>Afghan security personnel man a checkpoint at the entrance of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on January 22, 2018, following an attack on the hotel. (Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan security personnel man a checkpoint at the entrance of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on January 22, 2018, following an attack on the hotel. (Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Smoke billows from the Intercontinental hotel after an attack by armed gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 21, 2018. At least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, were killed in an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul. The attack, which has since been claimed by the Taliban, began on the evening of January 20, just as guests were dining in the restaurant area, and lasted close to 12 hours before Afghan security forces were able to put an end to the ordeal. (Photo: Jawad Jalali/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Smoke billows from the Intercontinental hotel after an attack by armed gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 21, 2018. At least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, were killed in an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul. The attack, which has since been claimed by the Taliban, began on the evening of January 20, just as guests were dining in the restaurant area, and lasted close to 12 hours before Afghan security forces were able to put an end to the ordeal. (Photo: Jawad Jalali/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Policemen block the road to the Intercontinental Hotel during a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Policemen block the road to the Intercontinental Hotel during a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

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Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

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<p>A wounded security guard receives help after being rescued from Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel during an attack by gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. (Photo: Omar Sobhani/Reuters) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

A wounded security guard receives help after being rescued from Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel during an attack by gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. (Photo: Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

<p>An Afghan security official stand guard as black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel and sett off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

An Afghan security official stand guard as black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel and sett off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP)

<p>Afghan journalists take photographs at the site of a deadly attack on the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel and set off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan journalists take photographs at the site of a deadly attack on the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel and set off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP)

<p>Afghans walk near the Intercontinental Hotel as smoke billows during a fight between gunmen and Afghan security forces in Kabul on January 21, 2018. (Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghans walk near the Intercontinental Hotel as smoke billows during a fight between gunmen and Afghan security forces in Kabul on January 21, 2018. (Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man tries to escape from a balcony at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel during an attack by gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. (Photo: Omar Sobhani/Reuters) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

A man tries to escape from a balcony at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel during an attack by gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. (Photo: Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

<p>A security personnel points his weapon near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

A security personnel points his weapon near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

<p>Smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel during an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. (Photo: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel during an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan January 21, 2018. (Photo: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

<p>Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

<p>Afghan security personnel are seen at the roof of Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel and sett off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan security personnel are seen at the roof of Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel and sett off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows. (Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP)

<p>Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

<p>Afghan security officials take up positions near the scene of attack by armed men at an upscale hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 20, 2018. (Photo: Jawad Jalali/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Afghan security officials take up positions near the scene of attack by armed men at an upscale hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 20, 2018. (Photo: Jawad Jalali/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>An Afghan security force keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 20, 2018. (Photo: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

An Afghan security force keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 20, 2018. (Photo: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

<p>Policemen block the main road near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP) </p>
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Policemen block the main road near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2018. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AP)

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