Nine civilians were murdered in an attack on a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital, a government official said Friday. Four Taliban Teens smuggled tiny pistols past metal detectors hidden in their shoes. (some reports say the guns were stuffed down their socks.) Once inside they sho hotel restaurant diners on Thursday evening. Some have sugested that the Taliban compromised the security staff in some way. The election of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's successor is due to take place on 5 April. On 10 March the Taliban vowed to use “all force” to disrupt the elections, claiming that whoever succeeded Karzai would be a proxy for the United States. AFP identifies election front-runners as Abdullah Abdullah, who came second in 2009, former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani.