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Gunmen Attack Luxury Hotel in Kabul: 'They Are Shooting at Guests'

Gunmen Attack Luxury Hotel in Kabul: 'They Are Shooting at Guests'

Four gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and started shooting at guests, an Afghan official said, in the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital.

Afghan Special Forces arrived at the hotel in response to attack, the spokesman added.

The news agency also quoted an unidentified guest reportedly hiding in his room at the hotel as saying that he could hear gunfire in the building.

The Intercontinental was developed by the InterContinental Hotels Group and opened in 1969.

The Intercontinental was targeted in June 2011 when a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban killed 21 people, including 10 civilians.

It is one of two main luxury hotels in the city and had been due to host an information technology conference on Sunday.




"Seven wounded people have been taken to hospital", interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP, adding two attackers have been killed.

According to the Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish, at least four attackers are involved in the attack, and one of them has been shot dead by the security forces.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The State Department said it was monitoring the situation and was in contact with Afghan authorities to determine whether any U.S. citizens had been affected. We do not know who are the attackers.

As pressure on the battlefield has increased, security officials have warned that the danger of attacks on high profile targets in Kabul and other cities would increase as insurgents sought to undermine confidence in security.

After repeated attacks in Kabul, notably an incident in May a year ago in which a truck bomber outside the German embassy killed at least 150 people, security has been further tightened in government and diplomatic areas.


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