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Gunmen launch attack on Afghan hotel

Gunmen launch attack on Afghan hotel”

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

Special forces have arrived at the scene and are battling the attackers, Danish said.

"Fights between insurgents and security forces are still on".

The Ministry also said that some people were held hostages in the hotel.

No reports of casualties have come so far. At least 11 people were killed, including hotel staff and visitors.

Three gunmen targeted the Intercontinental Hotel of Kabul in Afghanistan today.

The fourth floor of the hotel, which boasts several restaurants and an outdoor swimming pool, had been set on fire during the raid, the NDS official said. More than 100 IT managers and engineers were on site when the attack took place, Ahmad Waheed, an official at the telecommunications ministry, said. We do not know who are the attackers.

Details about the attack, including whether anyone had been killed, were not immediately clear.

The Intercontinental is a state-owned hotel which often hosts weddings, conferences and political gatherings.

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 hotel was hosting a meeting of more than 30 directors of communication and information technology companies from across the country.



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