BREAKING: Multiple Gunmen Just Stormed WORLD FAMOUS Hotel… Here’s What We Know

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View of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2016.

The Inter-Continental Hotel is situated on a hill overlooking Kabul [File: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]


A group of as many as four gunmen stormed the world famous western style Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging fire with security forces as the building caught fire as residents and staff frantically fled the scene.

Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab, who managed to escape unhurt, said the attackers had managed to get inside and people were fleeing amid bursts of gunfire on all sides, but he had no information about any casualties, Reuters reports.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said details of the raid, which came days after a U.S. embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in the capital, were unclear.

He said the attackers, who entered through a kitchen, appeared to have included suicide bombers.

A government spokesman said special forces were on the scene battling the attackers, killing at least one of them.

“Security forces are going floor-to-floor in that hotel, trying to flush out those attackers,” Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said.

Reuters reported that there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a long series to have hit Kabul.

U.S. officials in Kabul told Fox News that based on initial reports there were no U.S. troops or civilians hurt in the attack.

“We are aware of the fire and developing security situation at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul,” Capt. Tom Gresback, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul, said. “Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are leading the response efforts. According to initial reports, no Resolute Support or USFOR-A members were injured in this incident.”

Local media reported “insurgents” had entered the building and were holding people hostage. TOLONews reported heavy gunfire was ongoing.

An official at the Afghan spy agency told Agence France Presse that the attackers were “shooting at guests.”

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.”

According to one witness, who did not want to be quoted by name, the attackers took some hotel staff and guests hostage but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest in a long series of attacks to hit Kabul.

This is an ongoing situation- we will keep you updated as more details come in.



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