The latest attack was particularly brazen because it was considered one of the best protected sites for civilians in Kabul. Sheltered behind a nondescript wall, entrants must pass through a security room at the gate where they are patted down and go through a metal detector as bags are put through an X ray machine and sometimes searched.
Luis Maria Duarte, 39, a former Paraguayan diplomat and Mideast scholar who was in Kabul to be an election observer, also died in the attack.
KABUL, Afghanistan The luxury hotel was considered one of the safest spots in the Afghan capital. Yet four gunmen walked in, proceeded to the restaurant and pulled out pistols hidden in their shoes. They killed nine people, including a journalist for a French news agency, his wife and two children who were shot in the head.
At the time of the attack, Cafe Zarnegar, one of the main restaurants, was packed with foreigners as well as Afghans celebrating the eve of the Persian New Year, Nowruz. The hotel is popular among aid workers, journalists, contractors and diplomats who often come for brunch or dinner.
One of the Canadians who died was identified as Roshan Thomas, who with her family had dedicated years to helping Afghan children. Canadian Sen. Mobina Jaffer said Thomas and her husband built a school in Afghanistan and played frequent host to young girls in need of a helping hand. Thomas died months before welcoming her first grandchild to the world, Jaffer said. She is survived by her husband and three adult children.
The second Canadian was Zeenab Kassam, a 57 year old from Calgary who had spent the last year and a half volunteering as an English teacher at a school funded by the Aga Khan Foundation.
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After the shooting stopped about midnight she went to the lobby, which was packed with security forces and other confused guests who were smoking as hotel staff handed out water and slices of cake.
It was a major embarrassment to government security forces less than two weeks before national elections and came on the heels of an uptick in bombings and shootings against foreigners in the capital, something that had been relatively rare. A Swedish journalist was shot on the street earlier this month, Nike Air Max 95 Essential Trainers 749766-012
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"There was a trail of blood from the restaurant to the front door," she said, apparently from corpses being dragged away. The restaurant itself was devastated. "It was blood and bullet holes," she added. Two other victims were found in the halls, Sediqqi said, displaying photos of the small pistols and ammunition the attackers used and their shoes. Police killed all four attackers who appeared to be about 18 years old after a three hour standoff.
Ahmad also ran the Kabul Pressistan media company and joined AFP in 2003 to become the Air Max 95 For Toddlers agency's senior reporter in Kabul. He covered all aspects of life, war and politics in his native Afghanistan, according to a statement by the news agency. official confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the death had not been made public.
The Taliban boasted that the assault Thursday night shows they can strike anywhere, and Afghan officials issued a string of conflicting statements as they scrambled to explain how the attackers penetrated the Serena Hotel's tight security.
Among the dead was Sardar Ahmad, a widely respected 40 year old Afghan journalist with the French news agency Agence France Presse. His wife and two of their children also were killed, and the agency said their 1 year old son was badly wounded and hospitalized. All were shot in the restaurant.
and a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreigners was attacked by a suicide bomber and gunmen in January.
"While events like this highlight the security challenges that remain in parts of Afghanistan, it only strengthens our resolve to combat the scourge of terrorism in all its forms," Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement.
"I saw them bring out four bodies. They weren't covered," she said Friday in a telephone interview.
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One child survived but was seriously wounded.
His father, also named Luis Maria Duarte, said NDI's director called him Thursday night to break the news. "He told me, 'Sir, we have lost our best man.' I felt very bad, so they had to send me to a hospital," he said Friday in an interview with Radio Cardinal in Paraguay.
safe room, she got out of the tub, barricaded herself in a corner of the bedroom and tried to stay as quiet as possible while gunfire rattled downstairs for hours.
and ammunition in their shoes and socks, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told reporters, but he could not say how the weapons went undetected. The hotel security has been known in the past not always to act when the metal detector beeps.
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