(WFLA) – Tampa native Glenn Selig, a high profile crisis manager and former investigative reporter for Tampa’s FOX 13 News was among the 22 people killed during a 14-hour siege at Afghanistan hotel this weekend, his company has confirmed.
“Unfortunately, we have received confirmation Glenn Selig was killed during the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel. Glenn was a tireless professional, loyal friend and pillar of the community, but most importantly he was a loving husband and wonderful father. The loss for his family and friends cannot be measured nor conveyed strongly enough, but we thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received,” Selig Multimedia said in a statement regarding his passing.
Selig was an award-winning investigative reporter at FOX 13 News in Tampa before starting The Agency, a crisis management company in 2007. He later established The Agency’s parent company, Selig Multimedia, Inc.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Selig family. Fox 13 staff members who worked with Glenn remember him as a diligent and hardworking reporter,” said John Hoffman, WTVT Fox 13 Vice President of News, in a statement.
In October, Selig was hired by Richard Gates, a former deputy chair of the Trump campaign, after Gates was charged with operating as an agent of Ukraine and laundering “tens of millions of dollars in income” during that time, PR Week reported.
Selig was one of multiple Americans killed and injured in the Taliban’s attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Some 160 people were rescued or managed to escape the attack. Guests could be seen hiding in bathtubs or shimmying down tied-together sheets from upper-floor windows in order to escape. The siege ended Sunday when the last gunman was shot dead.
“The attack on the hotel, once again, shows the depravity of terrorists who seek to sow chaos. Sadly, we can confirm that Americans are among the victims,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
“We express our deepest condolences to our American families and to all the victims of the attack. We are grateful for the bravery displayed by the Afghan National Defense and Security forces. Had it not been for their speedy recovery of the wounded, more lives may have been lost,” she added.
CNN reports the gunmen were affiliated with the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. The Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement condemning the attack:
“The United States stands with the government and people of Afghanistan,” he said. “We remain firmly committed to supporting Afghan efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country. Violence like what we witnessed yesterday has no place in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.”