Afghan Officials: Gunmen Attack Kabul Hotel, Battling Security Forces

21 January, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Dustin Murphy

On Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Intercontinental - one of the country's most famous hotels for foreigners and VIPs - came under attack.

Security officials said it is believed that some people have been taken hostage by the attackers. The Interior Ministry has confirmed the attack.

Following the attack, police have cordoned off the area. "Some parts of the building caught fire following the gunfire and grenade explosions", an eyewitness told Xinhua earlier.

Event: We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai International Airport.

A witness who escaped the hotel said that at least 15 have been killed or wounded.

At least five people have been injured, officials said.

Another interior ministry spokesman told AFP an investigation had already begun into how the attackers breached security, which was handed over to a private company two weeks ago. We do not know who are the attackers.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security in Kabul has been tightened since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others- mostly civilians.

The attackers appeared to include suicide bombers, Mr Danish was quoted as saying by Reuters.



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