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Security forces end standoff with gunmen at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel

Security forces have brought an end to the standoff with gunmen at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul with all the attackers killed, Afghan officials have said. Four Afghans and 14 foreigners were killed in the attack, according to Afghanistan’s interior ministry. Najib Danish, a spokesman for the ministry, said that 11 of the 14 foreigners killed were employees of KamAir, a private Afghan airline.

He said that 10 others were wounded, including six security officers and four civilians. Ukraine’s foreign ministry confirmed that one of its citizens was among those killed. KamAir put out an announcement saying some of their flights were disrupted because of the attack.

The Taliban claimed its forces were behind the attack, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying the group had initially planned to attack the hotel on Thursday night but postponed the assault because there was a wedding underway and they wanted to avoid civilian casualties. The attack, which lasted more than 12 hours, began round 9pm local time on Saturday evening. As the attack came to an end, security forces went room-by-room to ensure all the gunmen had been neutralised, Mr Danish said.

Located on a hilltop in the Bagh-e Bala area of the capital, Intercontinental Hotel is heavily guarded because it hosts both Afghan and foreign guests as well as official conferences. Security at the hotel had been contracted to a private firm about three weeks ago, the interior ministry said. The hotel has become a symbol of Afghanistan and it has been attacked several times.

Twenty one people were killed in 2011 after members of the Taliban stormed the building.

Earlier this month Kabul was rocked by a suicide attack1 in which 11 people, including six police officers, died.

References

  1. ^ rocked by a suicide attack (www.itv.com)

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Next mission I would like to go to a more volatile context like Iraq or Afghanistan and, as I will be again responsible for staff security, I would like to be more prepared and qualified. Part of my job is passive security of buildings, perimeter, evacuation plans, movements of staff, risk analysis etc. I am looking for an ONLINE training that could help me to improve my skills and teach me something new. I found these 2 options that I am considering: ISMI – CSMP (It looks for me the one that fits the most to my needs) Diploma in Security management BTLE 5 I noticed also some master from Leicester (1 year option) and an online training from ISA – Israel but the first one looks too academic and the second one not reliable (my feeling). I am not really interested in university credits, I just need something practice and well done that will help me in my future assignment Anyone can please advise me about these two or suggest me for something else?

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‘I felt a burning sensation

A hotel security guard who was the first victim of the Las Vegas massacre people has spoken of what happened of the first time.

Jesus Campos was on duty at the Mandalay Bay hotel and was the first to confront gunman Stephen Paddock1 . Police have given a series of conflicting accounts of how events then panned out amid serious questions over the response time. The hotel has also come under scrutiny over their security arrangments.

Campos would appear to be the only person who can conclusively clear up the dispute. He was due to give a series of TV interviews last week but cancelled at the last minute.

On Wednesday he finally appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to give his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S . history. The guard told DeGeneres he had been called to check on an open stairwell door near Paddock s suite on the 32nd floor.

He found it was blocked by a metal bracket, and he called hotel security to send up a building engineer.

Jesus Campos speaks on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about the Las Vegas shooting He was joined by engineer Stephen Schuck who was also present

“At that time I heard what I assumed was drilling sounds and I believed that they were in the area working somehow,” said Campos, who was joined for the interview by the engineer, Stephen Schuck. Campos said he took cover when Paddock began shooting from behind the door.

I felt a burning sensation . I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood,” he went on.

“That s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”

Paddock killed 58 and injured more than 500 in the mass shooting

After he was hit, Campos said, he used his cellphone to call the hotel s security desk in order to keep the emergency radio frequencies clear. When Schuck arrived on the 32nd floor, Campos leaned out and he said, Take cover !

Take cover ! and yelled at me, Schuck said.

“Within milliseconds, if he didn t say that, I would have got hit.”

Las Vegas Sheriff Lombardo has come under criticism for the police account of what happened Paddock killed himself as police waited outside his hotel room Investigators have yet to establish what drove Paddock to carry out the massacre

Police have said that Paddock, a 64-year-old avid gambler, fatally shot himself before they entered the room. He wounded almost 550 people when he opened fire on an outdoor concert from his window, according to authorities, and strafed the hotel hallway with about 200 bullets.

Las Vegas police on Friday presented a third version of the timeline for the shooting that showed they responded immediately to the gunfire, and that Paddock shot Campos at about the same time he opened fire on concertgoers.

References

  1. ^ Stephen Paddock (www.mirror.co.uk)