e death toll from a hotel shootout in Kabul, jumping from five to 30 on Monday, and Afghan officials say the final number may be even higher. The battle lasted through the night as special forces traded shots with gunmen in army uniforms, who had stormed the Intercontinental, late Saturday.
Scores of the injured are now fighting for their lives in the hospital. The dead include hotel staff, guests, and security forces. Six of them have been identified as foreigners, and local media say some may have been Venezuelan and Ukrainian. All five of the attackers were killed. More than 150 guests were able to escape as parts of the building caught fire early Sunday, some climbing down from the upper levels with tight sheets.
It's the latest in a series of attacks on the Afghan capital, aimed at undermining the confidence in the western-backed government. A statement from the Interior Ministry put the blame on the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban.