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Taliban Gunmen Hunted 'Pimps' and 'Prostitutes', Witnesses Say

Taliban Gunmen Hunted 'Pimps' and 'Prostitutes', Witnesses Say

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TalibanGunmenHunted'Pimps'and'Prostitutes',WitnessesSay22June,2012KABUL(Reuters)-For8-year-oldRasoulKhan,acleaningjobatafavoredweekendrelaxationspotforKabul'swealthywasmeanttohelpbringabetterlifeinacountrystrickenbywidespreadpoverty.Instead,theSpozhmaiHotelbesideQarghaLakewillprobablyevoketerrorwheneverheremembersthefiveTalibangunmenwhoburstthroughitsdoorsastheprivilegedgatheredtorelaxontheeveoftheFridayreligiousholiday."Theywereaskingeveryonewherethepimpswere.Theyshotanyonewhowouldnotco-operatewiththem,"saidKhan,bearingafacialinjuryandstandingbarefootafterfleeingtheleafygrounds.ForthedeeplyconservativeTaliban,menandwomenwhosimplymingle,perhapsflirt,arecondemnedaspimpsandprostituteswhodeservepunishmentsanctionedbyGod.Theattackagainshowedtheabilityofinsurgentstoeasilystagehigh-profileraidsevenasNATOnationspreparetowithdrawmostoftheircombattroopsbytheendof2014andleaveAfghanstoleadthefight.Gunmenshiftedalargestoreofrocket-propelledgrenades(RPGs),heavyweaponsandrifles,aswellassuicidevests,intothestone-walled,singlestoreystructuresurroundedbytreesandgardens.TheTalibansaiditlaunchedtheattacktotargetwealthyAfghansandforeignerswhousedthehotel,about10km(6miles)fromthecenterofKabul,for"wildparties".Thehotel,likeabuildingsiteincentralKabulusedbymilitantsinApriltounleashbarragesofRPGsandautomaticgunfireonWesternembassies,wasonlylightlydefendedbyahandfulofpoorlypaid'chowkidar'guards.HUMANSHIELDSAsintheearlierattackinthecitycenter,twoguardswereimmediatelyshotdead,beginningahorrifying12-hourordealinwhichhostageswereusedashumanshieldsagainstacounter-attackbyAfghanandNorwegianspecialforces.Withaquaveringvoice,Ebadullah,14,anothercleaneratthehotel,describedhowoneofhisfriendswethimselfwhenaninsurgentdemandedinformationonthewhereaboutsofotherguestswhohadnotbeenhunteddown."Hecriedandsaidthathewasanorphanandwastheonlybreadwinnerforhisfamily,"saidEbadullah,wearingtraditionalbaggytrousersandalongflowingshirt."Theywerecallingtoeveryone'wherearethepimps,wherearetheprostitutes'.Theykilledmanypeople."Insidethehotel,aroundeightbodies,somewithbulletwoundstothehead,stilllayontheflooramidshattereddoorsandwindows.Abomblaybeneaththebodyofayoungman--plantedbytheTalibantoinflictmorecasualties.Manyofthevictimsweredressedinjeansandshirts,thekindofWesternclothesthatusedtodrawfuryfromtheTaliban.Itseemstheywereshotwhiletryingtohide.
 
AtamilitaryhospitalinKabulwherethewoundedweretreated,engineerSalderRahirecalledhowhehadgonetothehoteltomeethisbrotherandthreefriends.Bytheendoftheordeal,hissiblingwasamongthedead."Theyopenedfireoneverybody.Everybodyjustran.TherewasapartyoutsideandIsawthefathershotdeadandhiswifewounded,"Rahisaid.Some,likeAbdullahSamadi,24,feelsoluckytobealivetheybelieveithadtobedivineintervention.Hewasjustsettlinginatabout9pmwhenheheardahugeblastfromanRPG,followedbygunfire."Wetriedtoescape,butweweresurroundedbysuicidebombers.Wehidourselvesbeneathatreeuntilmorning.Godprotectedus,"hesaid.Thegunmen,Samadisaid,hadbeencloselywatchingtheirprisonersandsearchingforillegalstocksofwine."Arounddawntheycameclosertousandwehadtojumpinthewater,"hesaid."Wewerethereuntil9amandthenthesituationgotbetterandweslowly,slowlyswamtowardsecurityforces."(WritingbyRobTaylor;EditingbyMichaelGeorgyandJeremyLaurence)http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/06/22/world/asia/22reuters-afghanistan-hotel-witness.html?ref=global-home&gwh=C3BAD90A6F91E98579A332FFEB19F041------------TheBook,Bangladesh'sPrimeMinisterWasNeverAllowedToReadByHerFather!Jun222012NewDelhi:ItisabookSheikhMujiburRahman,thearchitectofBangladesh'sindependence,neverallowedhisdaughterSheikhHasinatoreadwhenhewasalive.ItisanautobiographyhewrotewhenhewaslodgedinDhakacentraljailbytheauthoritiesoferstwhileEastPakistanbetween1967and1969.ItisabookHasina,nowBangladesh'sPrimeMinister,decidedtobringoutwhenshewasinthesamejailasanOppositionleaderforallegedgraftduringthearmy-backedcaretakergovernmentofFakhruddinAhmed(2007-09).Thirty-fiveyearsafterMujibwasassassinatedinamilitaryputschonAugust15,1975,thebookâ
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(UnfinishedAutobiography)hitthebookstoresinIndiaandBangladeshearlierthisweek.The300-pagebook,basedonhisdiaryhehadpennedinjail,chronicleshisupbringing,family,movementsduringhislifeasastudentactivist,riotsinKolkataandBihar,thePartition,MuslimLeaguepoliticsinKolkata,politicsattheinitialstageofPakistan,EastPakistanandofPakistaningeneral,formationofAwamiLeagueandthe1952LanguageMovementthatsowedtheseedsofBangladesh'sfreedom.Thebookalsocontainssomefacsimileofhiswritingsandsomeofhisrarephotographs.

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