Three people were killed and many others injured after gunmen attacked a hotel in Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Monday.
The attack began at around 2:30 p.m. local time in Kabul’s Shar-e-Naw shopping area, with civilians in the building, according to police chief Khalid Zadran’s spokesman.
A witness who lived nearby told CNN that he saw shooting after gunmen attacked the hotel.
The police sent security forces to the place, starting an operation to clear the area. The attack ended with the death of the three gunmen and the safe evacuation of the hotel guests, according to a tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid on Monday.
Mojahid added that no foreign nationals were killed, but two foreigners were injured after jumping from the rooftop.
Videos posted on Twitter by a journalist in Kabul and verified by Reuters showed smoke billowing from one of the flats amid gunfire, while a person was seen trying to escape the attack by jumping out of a hotel window.
Later, a non-profit emergency organization in Kabul tweeted that it received 21 victims at its hospital located near the attack, including three who were dead on arrival, apart from the three dead attackers.
The attack came a day after the Chinese ambassador met with the Afghan vice foreign minister to discuss security-related matters and sought more attention on the protection of his embassy.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the attack happened near a Chinese guest house and its embassy in Kabul was closely monitoring the situation.
There have been several bombings in Afghanistan in recent months, including an attack on the Pakistani embassy earlier this month and a suicide bombing near the Russian embassy in September. Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State.