Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)The death toll from an attack on a hotel in Kabul where guests were trapped amid gunfire has risen to 14, a senior Afghan police official said Thursday.
Foreigners are among the casualties from the deadly assault Wednesday night on the Park Palace Guest House, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
An American citizen was killed, U.S. authorities have said. Four of the victims were Indian citizens, CNN affiliate IBN reported, citing Indian Foreign Ministry officials.
Luciano Pezzotti, Italy’s ambassador to Afghanistan, said on Italian TV that one of his countrymen was also among those killed.
And a British-Afghan dual national who, according to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, was “working for the British Council” died as well.
“This incident brings home to us once again the courage and perseverance of the people of Afghanistan and members of the international community who support them,” Hammond said in a statement. “These callous acts of terrorism against innocent civilians must not be allowed to threaten a more peaceful future for Afghanistan.”
They were among people gathered at the hotel for a cultural event, according to the United Nations.