Taliban Take Credit For Fatal Guesthouse Assault at Kabul Hotel

The Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack the previous night on a Kabul guesthouse that killed five people, including an American.
Gunmen stormed the restaurant of the Park Palace Hotel in the Afghan capital as it was hosting a party for foreigners on Wednesday evening.
Authorities said the five were killed during an hours-long siege that ended early Thursday morning.
Six people were wounded and 54 hostages rescued.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in an email distributed to media said the group had targeted the hotel because of the presence of foreigners, including Americans there.
The Taliban spokesman said only one attacker was involved, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a suicide vest and a pistol.
The Afghan government reported three attackers.