Several killed, hostages taken in Kabul hotel attack

Afghan security force keep watch near the site of the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.
Afghan security force keep watch near the site of the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Photo credit: Reuters

Several people have been killed in an attack at a Kabul hotel.

Up to four gunmen stormed into Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday (local time), exchanging fire with security forces as staff and guests fled.

The men killed several and wounded at least six in the attack, before the building caught fire.

According to a witness, the men took a number of hotel staff and guests as hostages.

Hotel Manager Ahmad Haris Nayad said the attackers, who allegedly had a large supply of hand grenades, came through the hotel kitchen.

According to officials, two of the attackers were killed by Afghan Special Forces.

The Intercontinental Hotel is one of the city's two major luxury hotels and was set to host an information technology conference on Sunday (local time).

It was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack.

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