Gunmen kill German woman, behead Afghan guard in Kabul

Gunmen in the Afghan capital Kabul have attacked a guesthouse, killing a German woman and beheading an Afghan guard.

The attackers stormed a guesthouse run by a Swedish NGO, Operation Mercy, at about 23:30 (19:00 GMT) on Saturday, the Afghan interior ministry said.

A second woman, from Finland, is missing and has possibly been kidnapped, the ministry said.

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said all those in the guesthouse were employees of Operation Mercy.

The relief and development organisation, based in Orebro in Sweden, has not yet commented.

Afghanistan is in the grip of an ongoing insurgency by the Taliban Islamist militant group, and several foreigners have been kidnapped by the group in recent years.

 

Zainab Sa’id