Gunmen Attack Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul: ‘They Are Shooting at Guests’

"I don't know if the attackers are inside the hotel but I can hear gunfire from somewhere near the first floor," a guest at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul (seen in 2011) told AFP January 20, 2017
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Update: Reuters reported that several people were killed and at least six were wounded when security forces raided the hotel. Afghan officials did not provide any further information on casualty numbers as of this publication.

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

“Four attackers are inside the building,” an official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP.

They are “shooting at guests”, he said.

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

Occupants inside the hotel are hiding on the second floor, a security source said.

A guest hiding in his room in the hotel told AFP he could hear gunfire.

“I don’t know if the attackers are inside the hotel but I can hear gunfire from somewhere near the first floor,” he said without giving his name.

“We are hiding in our rooms. I beg the security forces to rescue us as soon as possible before they reach and kill us.”

The Intercontinental was last targeted in June 2011 when a suicide attack killed 21 people, including 10 civilians.

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