September 26, 2011

A US citizen was killed in an attack on a hotel in Kabul used as a CIA office on Sunday. The attack was carried out by an Afghan employee who was also killed.

Officials are still investigating what happened in an area with restricted access even for Afghan security forces. The Ariana Hotel is just a few blocks away from the presidential palace and the US embassy, in a heavily guarded military and diplomatic enclave almost entirely inaccessible to casual visitors.

Gunfire and a small blast were heard by Reuters witnesses a few hundred metres away late on Sunday.

Kabul police chief, Ayub Salangi, said there had been an incident at the Ariana hotel, which he described as an “office” for the US government’s Central Intelligence Agency.

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