taliban-attack
Journalist Mustafa Kazemi got caught in a firefight between Afghan special forces and Taliban fighters outside a hotel near Kabul. 

Last night, while most of Twitter was fixated on LeBron James’ long-awaited NBA Finals win, a much more dramatic conflict was being documented on the social network.

Around 8am local time, Mustafa Kazemi (@combatjourno), a journalist based in Afghanistan, became caught in a firefight between Afghan special forces and Taliban fighters outside a hotel near Kabul after it had been taken under siege by insurgents. Twenty people were killed in the attack.

Determined to get the story out at any costs, Kazemi and other journalists took to Twitter to share what they saw and heard in real time. Mashable has compiled some of the most harrowing tweets and pictures in the Storify below.

Photo by Ahmad Mukhtar

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
News
Amtrak train smashes truck carrying a lifetime supply of bacon
An Amtrak train carrying 203 passengers collided on Friday afternoon with a truck hauling tens of thousands of pounds of bacon. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
News
Retired soldier turns to Kickstarter to tell an untold war story
Sgt. Konrad Ludwig left his home when he was 17 years old so that he could serve in the military.
The Latest From Daily Dot Video
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!