Standoff at Afghan hotel over; 17 dead


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security official says Taliban insurgents have killed 17 people — most of them civilians — in an attack on a lakeside hotel just north of Kabul.

The attack set off an hours-long gunbattle with Afghan forces. The Kabul police department says the fifth and final attacker was killed about midday Friday and that the standoff is over.

Afghan army commander Gen. Kadam Shah Shayem says the dead include 12 civilians, four security guards and a police officer. Shayem is the army commander for Kabul city.

At least three suicide bombers — armed with machines guns, rocket-propelled grenades and vests laden with explosives —stormed the Spozhmai hotel at Qargha Lake before midnight on Thursday.