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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)

Heroic Asda security guard and off-duty medic save life of premature …

A heroic security guard and an off-duty medic were in the right place at the right time when a premature baby suddenly stopped breathing in an Asda1 supermarket. The pair have now been hailed as heroes after the baby’s2 mum, Terri-ann Russell Auckland, claimed that their swift action saved the life of her son. Ronny Auckland was born 13 weeks early in October and had developed bronchitis.

He began having breathing difficulties in the chilled aisle of Asda s Holles Street store in Grimsby around 2pm on Boxing Day. Security guard, Shaun Walsh, who is a trained First Aider was alerted by fellow staff and immediately starting giving Ronny cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the floor of the aisle, while hospital medic, Neil Franklin, blew into the baby s mouth. Minutes later paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service were on the scene and the infant was taken to hospital, reports the Grimsby Telegraph3 .

Terri-ann, 31, of Weelsby Street said: I can t thank them enough . I owe them everything for saving my boy s life.

They deserve all the praise in the world for what they did.

You don t know what to do is that situation . I just froze . Luckily they were there. The mother-of-two boys said: It just shows how everyone should be trained in First Aid.

Terri-ann Russell Auckland was shopping with her 13-week-old son, Ronny, when he suddenly had trouble breathing

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Today she was at Ronny s bedside in the Rainforest ward of the hospital. Shaun, who has worked for Asda for nine years said his firm regularly updated his First Aid training. He said: A staff member came running to me and said there was a boy not breathing.

When I got there his face was blue . There was a crowd of people around him so we got them out the way and myself and the off-duty medic got him breathing again . I was giving chest compressions and the other gent got his airways going .

There are not many people who would have been able to do it.

But because we are trained it worked.

It paid off . It shows we are not just big bad security guards, there to get abuse from people. Shaun, 44, said: We just do what we are trained to do . You cope with whatever you are faced with . We don t just take abuse from people who are doing something wrong . We help people as well.

He told how the hospital medic shook his hand and thanked him and left the store. Shaun also went back to work to complete his shift. He had not originally be allocated the shift on Boxing Day but volunteered his services that day.

The mother posted a message on social media to thank Shaun and the other lifesaver in which she said Big thank you to Shaun and the other guy . I don t know what I would have done without you. She had been at Asda with her sister Sara Geddes to buy balloons for her other son Bobby s 7th birthday yesterday. Asda s people trading manager, Moira Pembleton said: We are all incredibly proud of Shaun .

he did an amazing job . Everyone else around was running around but he stayed calm throughout . It was an emotional moment for everyone.

References

  1. ^ Asda (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ baby’s (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Grimsby Telegraph (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)

Brilliant Barmy Army reaction to MCG security telling a fan to put on shoes as Aussies piled on runs against England

England may be up against it yet again in Australia as the hosts piled on the runs on day one of the fourth Ashes Test. But at least the tourists can rely on their vocal band of devoted fans, the Barmy Army, for light relief in the stands. A particularly brilliant moment came on Boxing Day as a security worker at the Melbourne Cricket Ground got more than he bargained for when asking a fan to put his shoes on.

Of course, the official vest was just doing his job and ensuring strict occupational health and safety rules were adhered to.

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A steward dared us a fan to put on their shoes The policeman on duty saw the humorous side of the chant

But with the Aussies taking command on day one, with a century to David Warner putting them on the back foot from the outset, a laugh was required. And the Army, along with surrounding fans, delivered.

“Shoes off, if you’re England, shoes off, if you’re England…” And so it went . So simple, yet so outstanding.

Fans take off their shoes and wave them about hilariously David Warner goes wild as he reaches 100 on day one in Melbourne

“You guys are the best,” cooed former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

A police officer on duty in the stands saw the funny side, too, sharing a laugh with the fans.