22 Jun 2012

Hotel attacked by Taliban

1:54 pm on 22 June 2012

A hotel near Kabul came under attack by the Taliban late on Thursday, triggering a gun battle with Afghan security forces.

Officials say insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns attacked the Spozhmai Hotel in the Lake Qargha area.

Hostages - including women and children - are reportedly being held in the hotel. The Taliban has claimed the attack.

Lake Qargha is a popular area favoured by Kabul residents.