Remains of 7 Ukrainians killed in Kabul hotel attack repatriated

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad Pakistan

Several Americans were killed and injured in a Taliban raid at a luxury Kabul hotel, US State Department have officials said. The case eventually sent Illinois' 40th governor to federal prison.

"Glenn was a tireless professional, loyal friend and pillar of the community, but most importantly he was a loving husband and wonderful father", reads a statement from Selig Multimedia, the Publicity Agency's parent company.

The American deaths were the latest reminder of the continuing toll paid by the United States in Afghanistan, where local forces have struggled to fight the Taliban since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally ended their combat mission in 2014.

Meanwhile, after the weekend terror attack in Kabul, the White House demanded Pakistan that it needs to immediately arrest or expel the Taliban leaders who operate from Pakistani territory.

More than 150 guests were able to flee as parts of the building caught fire, with some shimmying down sheets tied together and dropped from upper-floor windows and others rescued by Afghan forces.

The siege ended on Sunday with Afghan security forces saying they had killed the last of six Taliban militants who stormed the hotel in suicide vests late the previous night, looking for foreigners and Afghan officials to kill. The siege ended Sunday, but not without significant damage and a awful human toll.

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The gun attack in Kabul took at least 43 lives and left many more wounded. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded.

An Afghan interior ministry official has said 14 victims were foreigners and eight were Afghans.

"Four are still here but the question is if we get a green light for them to operate", he said.

Selig's firm's spokesperson added: "Glenn was in Kabul on a potential success story involving Afghanistan and its steps to battle extremism".

Selig lived in Tampa, Florida, where he had had a 20-year career in television news, but was a frequent presence in Washington when representing his clients. "Just wanted to check in, let everybody know that things are going great here and I'll talk to you soon", he states on camera.

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