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Gunmen storm Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul

Gunmen storm Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul
From Al Jazeera - January 20, 2018

Afghan special forces are fighting gunmen who have attacked a major hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

Four attackers armed with automatic weaponson Saturday stormed Inter-Continental Hotel, security sources told Al Jazeera.

It is believed that suicide bombers are among them.

There were reports that a number of people were being held hostage, while a witness said that part of the building, one of the largest luxury hotels in Kabul, was on fire. Explosions were also heard in the area.

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.

Speaking to Al Jazeera shortly after the attack had started, a person inside Inter-Continental described a "very dire situation".

"I spoke with somebody inside the hotel ... [who] said attackers were inside the hotel and set fire to a number of floors," said Glasse.

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