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.

Smoke and flames light up the night from a blaze at the Intercontinental hotel after an attack on the hotel by Taliban fighters in Kabul on June 29, 2011.
Smoke and flames light up the night from a blaze at the Intercontinental hotel after an attack on the hotel by Taliban fighters in Kabul on June 29, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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