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Afghan officials give details on Kabul hotel attack that killed 9, including 4 foreigners

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Afghan Army and police search through a police station after the Taliban staged a multi-pronged attack on a police station in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Taliban insurgents staged the attack, using a suicide bomber and gunmen to lay siege to the station, government officials said. Two remotely detonated bombs also exploded nearby. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (The Associated Press)

Afghan officials say gunmen took a few minutes before finding the restaurant in a luxury hotel in Kabul where nine people were killed, including four foreigners and two children.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the attackers reached the hotel at 8:30 p.m., evading security checks by hiding small pistols and ammunition in their socks and the soles of their shoes.

Sediqqi told reporters on Friday that some details about the attack the night before have changed as authorities piece together the events.

He says five Afghans were among those killed, including two children who were shot in the head. The slain foreigners were from Canada, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

Thursday's assault is the latest targeting foreigners in the Afghan capital.