Afghan pedestrians and commuters make their way past the security perimeter at the Serena hotel in Kabu on March 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
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Taliban gunmen killed nine people, including four foreigners, in an attack on a luxury hotel used by U.N. staff and prominent Afghan politicians in Kabul on Thursday night, before being shot dead by security forces, witnesses and police said on Friday.Four Taliban fighters snuck past security early on Thursday evening and hid inside the building for three hours before opening fire on diners inside the hotel's restaurant, according to interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.The Serena hotel has been attacked several times during the Taliban insurgency, but Thursday's assault was the most deadly.Despite its history of being targeted, the Serena's restaurant was one of the few places in Kabul where foreign officials were still permitted to dine, following a Taliban attack in January on a Lebanese restaurant that killed 21 people, including three U.N. staff and the International Monetary Fund's top representative in Afghanistan.
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