Armed Taliban insurgents stormed a resort hotel outside of Kabul Friday, firing on guests and taking hostages.

Fourteen Afghan civilians, three security guards and an Afghan police officer died in the attack, said Mohammad Zahir, criminal director for Kabul police.

“The attackers entered the hotel and suddenly opened fire on families having a late dinner,” Zahir said. “The hotel was crowded. Some of the guests jumped from the window into the hotel yard. They were hiding under trees or any safe place they could find.

“Three of the guests jumped into the lake and hid in the water,’ ‘ he added.

Journalist Mustafa Kazemi used Twitter to chronicle the massacre that left 18 dead. Here are his tweets from shortly after the attack, followed by the intense series of tweets he sent during the bloody firefight.

https://twitter.com/combatjourno/status/216120486873137153

These are Mustafa Kazemi’s tweets as he made his way to the scene and witnessed the horrific attack.