Second bombing reported in Kabul: Hotel housing westerners targeted

A second bombing has been reported in Kabul, this time at the Baron Hotel, the destination for many foreign nationals processing to depart Afghanistan.

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U.S. Defense Department Spokesman John Kirby reported, “We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update.”

The bombing at the hotel rocked the city according to eyewitness accounts.

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Three U.S. Marines have been confirmed wounded in the bombing and ensuing firefight at the Kabul Airport earlier in the evening.

The Baron Hotel – Kabul is a 160 room luxury hotel that markets itself as safe and secure housing in Kabul. It is located less than a mile from Kabul Aiport.