Attack under way on Kabul luxury hotel

Rahmat Gul | AP | BDN

Rahmat Gul | AP | BDN

At least four attackers opened fire at the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul - popular with foreign tourists and diplomats.

The attackers appeared to include suicide bombers, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told Reuters news agency.

The gunmen entered through the hotel kitchen, before moving to rooms 104 and 105, according to local journalist Bilal Sarwary, who cited an Afghan special forces commander. They have also reportedly taken hostages. The Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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In 2011, Taliban militants attacked the same hotel, inflicting high casualties and damage.

It is one of two main luxury hotels in Kabul and is used for events including conferences attended by government officials.

He said the security forces have cordoned off the area and efforts are underway to bring the situation under the control.

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"We heard grenade blasts and gunfire in Intercontinental Hotel Saturday night".

The hotel has faced a similar siege before.

The fourth floor of the hotel is on fire, the official from the National Directorate of Security added.

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People are sharing information about the attack on social media.

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