4 gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, 2 attacker killed

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Two were killed by Afghan security forces and two others are still battling the forces from inside the hotel, he added.

Unofficial sources said a meeting was held by Afghan Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology in the building earlier Saturday and several provincial officials who attended the meeting were present at the building when the hotel came under attack at around 09:00 p.m. local time Saturday.

According to one witness, who did not want to be quoted by name, the attackers took some hotel staff and guests hostage.

It is believed there are at least two more gunmen still in the hotel, where a fire has broken out on the third floor where the kitchen is located.

"Four attackers are inside the building", an official at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spy agency told AFP.

Another official said the attackers were armed with small weapons and rocket-propelled grenades when they blasted their way into the hotel, which often hosts weddings, conferences and political gatherings.




There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest in a long series of attacks to hit Kabul.

The Intercontinental Hotel was the target of a suicide assault in 2011 that killed at least 20 people.

The US embassy in Kabul had issued a warning to US citizens on Thursday, saying "We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul".

Four attackers are in the hotel, interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

Special forces were being lowered by helicopters onto the rooftop of the state-owned hotel, he added.

No one knows what was exactly ongoing in the area as security forces did not allow media and people to reach the area.

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