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Gunmen Attack Hospital in Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(QUETTA, Pakistan) -- Gunmen took control of parts of a hospital in Quetta, in Southwest Pakistan on Saturday.

Pakistan's interior minister said that security forces stormed up to the building and killed four attackers. A fifth attacker was captured and all 35 hostages were freed.

The extremist Sunni militant group Laskar-e-Jhangvi said that it carried out both the hospital attack and an earlier explosion on a bus. At least eleven students were killed in the bus explosion. The hospital where the takeover took place is where the students injured in the bus explosion were being treated.

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Insurgents Attack Prominent Kabul Hotel

Interncontinental Kabul(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Insurgents in Afghanistan have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital city of Kabul with as many as six suicide bombers and gunmen, according to initial reports.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel's entrance in an attack that's said to have began around 10:30 p.m. local time. At least four explosions have been reported.

A number of Afghan officials, including provincial governors, were known to have been staying at the Intercontinental Hotel on Tuesday night ahead of a scheduled conference.

The number of casualties was not immediately known.

The hotel and surrounding neighborhood are without power and police have cordoned off the area around the building.

"One of the attackers somehow managed, according to an Afghan intelligence official, to get to the fifth floor, to the roof, from where he's firing at national security forces," said Bilal Sarwary of the BBC, who added that in some ways, the situation appears "unprecedented.”

“First it happened very late in the night. This hotel obviously is very well protected. There are several checkpoints before you could get to the top of the hotel, which lies on a hill. So a lot of questions will be asked," he said.

The Intercontinental Hotel is the most famous hotel in Afghanistan and one of the icons of Kabul, where many Westerners stay and hold meetings.

Story developing...

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Several Killed, Wounded After Attack on Iraqi Gov't Compound

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- At least eight people are dead and dozens more injured after a provincial council building came under attack in Iraq Tuesday, according to police.

An official told ABC News that the incident kicked off when a car bomb went off in front of the government compound in Diyala province, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.  Another suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself inside the building, while an unknown number of gunmen broke into the building, exchanging fire with security forces and taking an unknown number of hostages.

Authorities worked to neutralize the situation, cordoning off the area after the car bomb exploded and killing at least two armed men in the process.  Several security forces were also killed and injured in the attack.

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Gunmen Take American Hostages Near Nigerian Coast

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- Gunmen reportedly attacked an oil platform off the Nigerian coast Monday, taking several people hostage.

Officials say the hostages include two American citizens, one of whom was shot and treated for injuries.  One other person was shot.  However, no one was killed during the attack.

The platform was apparently owned by Transocean, an American company, although it may have been operated by a London-based company, according to officials.

Although the Niger Delta is full of militants who regularly attack oil installations, sources were uncertain about the identities of the gunmen.

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