KABUL, Afghanistan–(ENEWSPF)–June 22, 2012 — The following is a statement from Gen. John R. Allen, commander, International Security Assistance Force, in regard to the attack on Spozhmai Hotel west of Kabul City. This attack resulted in the deaths of a number of Afghan civilians, and others being taken hostage.
“This latest attack comes after insurgents failed to disrupt the recent Heart of Asia conference. Afghan National Security Forces and coalition military sources acknowledge that this attack bears the signature of the Haqqani network, which continues to target and kill innocent Afghans and blatantly violate Afghan sovereignty from the safety of Pakistan.”
“Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those defenseless Afghans who were murdered in their sleep during the early morning hours of Jum’ ah by the enemies of peace in Afghanistan. There is no doubt that innocent Afghan civilians were the intended targets of this unspeakably brutal attack. Additionally, a number of security guards and law enforcement officers gave their lives protecting women and children. These atrocities should be condemned in the strongest of terms.”
“I am extremely impressed with the Afghan police and special response units who arrived quickly to secure the scene and liberate civilian hostages. While we provided minimal support at the request of the Afghan security forces, there should be little doubt about their ability and capability to protect the Afghan people in the years ahead.”