Yesterday saw the Taliban lay siege to a lakeside hotel just north of Kabul in Afghanistan in a horrific show of strength by the Islamist group.
The deadly attack at Spozhmai hotel lasted almost 12 hours, and saw 18 people — most of them civilians — killed by the attackers, the AP reports. Police eventually killed all the insurgents, but only after a protracted and bloody gun battle.
It’s easy to hear stories like this and feel distant or unaffected by them — a sad reality of the relentlessly grim news that comes out of war zone like Afghanistan.
But the fascinating tweets from the scene by journalist Mustafa Kazemi add a shot of reality to the coverage. Kabul-based Kazemi has worked for AFP and other news outlets, and has become well known by Afghanistan-watchers for his active Twitter account (@combatjourno).
He headed straight to the hotel when he heard it was a hostage situation. Pretty soon he was right in the middle of the gunfire.
Here’s Kazemi’s Twitter-coverage of the siege (via Mashable):
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