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Fourteen foreign nationals and four Afghans were killed when the Taliban attacked Kabul‘s Intercontinental Hotel overnight on Saturday, Afghanistan’s interior ministry said.
The number of casualties is expected to rise following a 13-hour siege that ended on Sunday.
Coleman was pregnant with the couple's first son in late 2012 when she and Boyle were kidnapped by the Haqqani network, a militant Islamist group affiliated with the Taliban.
That child was born in 2013; their second son two years ago.
Among those killed was a tribal leader who served as the local police commander, he said.Mumtaz Ahmad, a provincial telecommunication employee for Helmand province who survivor the attack, said: “I was on my way from my room toward the reception, when I the elevator door opened, I saw two-armed suicide bombers.People were escaping and the attackers were firing at them.” Afghan security officials confirmed that 34 provincial officials were gathered at the hotel to participate in a conference organised by the Telecommunication Ministry.Afghan forces have struggled to combat the Taliban since the US and Nato formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.They have also had to contend with a growing Isis affiliate that has carried out a number of massive attacks in recent years.It added it is investigating how the attackers managed to enter the building.During a press conference, Mr Danish said early investigations showed that six insurgents had entered the hotel from the northern side and stormed its kitchen.But for reasons still undisclosed, Caitlan Coleman, 31, of York County, and her Canadian-born husband, Joshua Boyle, 33, wound up in Afghanistan, where they were kidnapped by a militant Islamist group. Tom Wolf expressed "deepest sympathy" for the families.On Monday, a video was released showing Coleman pleading to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump to help free the couple and their two sons born during their captivity. Casey said in an interview that he and his staff have been in "constant communications" both with Coleman's family in Stewartstown, and with the White House group that monitors hostage takings.A fire broke out at the hotel as the fighting raged, and the sound of explosions could be heard throughout the standoff.Live TV footage showed people trying to escape through windows on the upper stories.