NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Police Department is stepping up counter-terrorism measures at hotels in the wake of a terrorist attack in Afghanistan.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said the move wasn’t prompted by a specific threat in the city, but the nation’s biggest police department is taking no chances as it learns more about the attack on Kabul’s Inter-Continental Hotel, which is frequented by foreigners.
Afghan police said a Taliban attack at an international hotel in Kabul has ended with 19 people dead, eight attackers and 11 civilians.
The gunmen stormed into the hotel as high-level officials were gathering there for a meeting to discuss the transferring of the country’s security to Afghan forces. The dead civilians include hotel employees and five Afghan policemen, but no high-level officials.
Two NATO helicopters later fired rockets that killed gunmen on the rooftop of the hotel.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes nearly a week after President Barack Obama announced he would end the American combat role in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
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