3 November 2013
In January of 2008, a Kabul Serena hotel in Afghanistan—“an oasis of luxury in a warravaged
city,” and also temporary home to foreign journalist, diplomats, and the like—was attacked by
the Taliban with the use of bombs and guns. Seven people were killed, mostly security guards.
However, among the dead were Norwegian journalist and one U.S. citizen. One Taliban
spokesman stepped forward after the attack to take the blame. He announced that there had been
one suicide bomber and three gunmen who each escaped afterwards. A medic who arrived on the
scene afterwards reported two suicide bombers, one on the roof and the other in the courtyard, as