2014 Kabul Serena Hotel attack
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|2014 Kabul Serena Hotel attack|
|Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
|Date||20 March 2014 |
20:30 – 23:30 (UTC+4:30)
|Target||Foreign election observers and journalists|
|Deaths||9 (+4 attackers)|
The 2014 Kabul Serena Hotel attack was a mass shooting that took place in the restaurant of the Kabul Serena Hotel, in Kabul, Afghanistan on 20 March 2014 carried out by Taliban militants. The shooting, which took place in a hotel that is popular with foreigners and wealthy Afghans, killed nine civilians, including four foreigners. The attack was a shock to many as it took place in a heavily fortified area of Kabul.
Four teenage Taliban militants smuggled weapons in their shoes and socks and then hid in the hotel for several hours before commencing the attack. Armed with small handguns, the gunmen stormed the hotel's restaurant at around 8:30pm–9:00pm, firing on guests as they dined and celebrated Nowruz, the Persian new year. Guests in the hotel barricaded themselves in their rooms and others fled. Nine people were killed, including Ahmad Sardar (a prominent Afghan journalist), Sardar's wife and two children, a Canadian, a New Zealander, two Bangladeshis, and a Paraguayan diplomat. Afghan security forces responded to the attack, sealing off the hotel and launching a hunt for the gunmen. One of the militants was killed by armed hotel staff while the other three hid in the hotel. The search for the gunmen lasted several hours and ended when Afghan commandos killed them.
- Luis Maria Duarte, former ambassador of Paraguay to Afghanistan, United Nations lawyer
- Ahmad Sardar, Afghan journalist for Agence France-Presse, killed along with his wife and two children; their third child was badly injured.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Afghan National Directorate of Security blamed Pakistani intelligence agencies for carrying out the attack, further adding that it was "unusual" that Pakistani nationals were not present in the hotel at the time of the attack. However, it was reported that one Pakistani national was killed during the shooting although the Pakistani foreign office issued a statement saying the national was alive but in a coma as well as condemning the attack.
- 2008 Kabul Serena Hotel attack: a similar attack that occurred on the same hotel six years prior
- 2015 Park Palace guesthouse attack: an attack by the Taliban on a Kabul guesthouse hosting foreign nationals
- Boston Marathon bombing
- List of Islamist terrorist attacks
- List of terrorist incidents, January–June 2014
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