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Nine held after luxury hotel attack

Afghan police have detained nine senior employees of a private security company which provided guards to the Kabul hotel attacked by the Taliban last week.

The interior ministry said in a statement today that the company employed by the Serena Hotel was negligent, which enabled the four attackers to hide small handguns in their shoes and avoid detection to enter the premises.

The gunmen opened fire inside the hotel restaurant, killing nine people, including two children and four foreigners. The attackers were killed by police.

The attack was particularly shocking because the luxury hotel had long been considered one of the safest places to stay in Kabul.

The ministry did not identify those detained.

Afghanistan earlier accused Pakistan's intelligence service of orchestrating the attack but Islamabad denied involvement.

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