March 28, 2014
Five people — including three Americans — held hostage by militants at an aid organization’s guest house in Kabul were freed Friday after a standoff with police.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid explained the building was targeted because it was used by foreigners as a church to convert Afghans to Christianity.
Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi identified U.S.-based aid organization Roots of Peace, which has had a presence in Afghanistan since 2003, as the militants’ target.