US Embassy warns of planned attack at Kabul hotel

US Embassy warns of planned attack at Kabul hotel
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The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, is warning Americans to stay away from a local hotel following reports that insurgents are planning an attack.

“The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that insurgents are planning to conduct attacks targeting The Star Hotel in Kabul City,” an emergency warning issued Monday says. “In response to this potential threat, the U.S. Embassy Kabul is advising American citizens to avoid the Star Hotel, and to remain vigilant when visiting hotels in Kabul, especially during large gatherings.”

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The State Department already has a travel warning in place for Afghanistan that says the country remains “extremely unstable” and that the threat to U.S. citizens “remains critical.”

Monday’s warning comes after a rocket attack in Kabul on Saturday night that the Taliban took credit for. The attack, in which no casualties were reported, occurred shortly after Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Wesley Clark says Trump not serving in Vietnam 'might have been for the best' in light of Russian bounty reports Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE left the country.

In a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, the Taliban said the assault was meant to undermine Kerry’s visit. 

“This shows foreigners cannot remain safe in any spot in the country and we can target them wherever they are,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, according to Stars and Stripes. “We couldn’t know exactly where he was [but] at least we could sabotage his visit and send a message he is not welcome here.”