Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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United Kingdom ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Kay condemned the attack in a tweet.

"I can hear two attackers".

Two other U.S. nationals were injured during the 13-hour siege at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The dead included 14 foreigners, Afghan officials said.

"Security forces are on the spot and engaging with the terrorists", he said and added that many vehicles belonging to the charity group had caught fire following the suicide attack.

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At least 14 more were injured and taken to a hospital, said Inamullah Miakhial, spokesman for the Nangarhar regional hospital.

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Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976 providing life-saving health, education, nutrition and child protection programs that have helped millions of children. "Our primary concern is for the safety and security of our staff".

Americans are among the dozens of people killed in last weekend's deadly attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

The charity later announced that it had "temporarily" suspended all its programs across the country, but said it remained "committed to resuming our operations".

Both the Taliban and the radical militia have an active presence in the province.

Selig and 21 other people were killed when six Taliban militants stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul wearing suicide vests late Saturday night, looking for foreigners and Afghan officials to kill.

Afghanistan recorded the second highest number of attacks against aid workers worldwide in 2016, according to UK-based research group Humanitarian Outcomes. No exact figures were immediately available for either the USA fatalities or injuries.

"We express our deepest condolences to our American families and to all the victims of the attack".

In eastern Ghazni province, meanwhile, four Afghan police were killed after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents, said Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor.

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