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Three Americans among hostages freed after Taliban attack in Kabul

The U.S.-based aid organization Roots of Peace Kabul office was attacked by the Taliban Friday. One girl was killed in the attack and five hostages -- including three Americans -- were freed. All the militants were killed.
By JC Finley   |   March 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM   |   Comments

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March 28 (UPI) -- 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.

The attack against the Roots of Peace guest house began with a suicide car bomb outside the building on Friday. Five militants then stormed the guest house, taking the three Americans, a Malaysian, and a person from an unspecified African country hostage. A girl was killed by the militants during the stand-off with police.

Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi reported that all the militants were dead. One militant was shot and killed and the other four blew themselves up.

Roots of Peace posted a message of both thanksgiving and sympathy on its Twitter page after the stand-off ended.



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