Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel, take hostages

Jan 21, 2018, 01:18
Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel, take hostages

The Intercontinental is one of two main luxury hotels in Kabul and previously came under attack in 2011.

Afghan special forces were on the scene in response to the attack, Danish added. But local media reports suggested several people had been killed. Reports say insurgents have entered the building as police have cordoned off the area, APA reports quoting Sputnik. Twenty-one people were killed including nine attackers.

No-one has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and there is no immediate word on casualties.

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The attack comes just days after the USA embassy in Kabul issued a warning about hotels in the city.

However, the warning was centred on another hotel near the global airport.

"I don't know if the attackers are inside the hotel but I can hear gunfire from somewhere near the first floor", he told the news agency.

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

"The operation will soon end and the attackers will be killed", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.

Captain Tom Gresback, spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said they were also watching closely.

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The Intercontinental was developed by the InterContinental Hotels Group and opened in 1969. They appeared to include suicide bombers, he added.

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