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    Afghan security forces have completed the operation against Taliban attackers at Kabul's Northgate hotel, with one police officer and two assailants killed, local media said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, a truck bomb explosion hit the Northgate guesthouse, located on Jalalabad Road in the Pul-e-Chakri area and frequented by foreigners. Several militants attacked the building after the blast and were inside the compound, with security and special forces later launching an operation to clear the compound. The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack.

    The operation resulted in two more police officers and two special forces members getting injured, the TOLOnews channel reported.

    One attacker died in the blast, with his two accomplices killed in the ensuing gunfight, according to the channel.

    No casualties among hotel guests and staff have been reported, while the hotel and surrounding buildings have sustained significant damage, the news outlet said, citing its correspondent at the site of events.

    Afghanistan has been experiencing significant political, social and security-related instability for decades, as radical extremist organizations, including the Taliban, continue to stage attacks against civilian and military targets.


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