Toll at 19 in Kabul Hotel Attack

Government launches investigation into security 'loophole'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 7:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – The death toll from last night's Taliban assault on a Kabul hotel now stands at 19, including all eight attackers, the AP reports. The 11 civilians killed include three police officers and a judge; 18 others were wounded. Afghan police are searching the hotel for other victims or security threats, the Telegraph adds, and an official says there will be an investigation into a security "loophole." Despite the attack, Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed today that "such incidents will not stop us for transitioning security of our country" to Afghan forces.

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