Gunmen reportedly attack Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel

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


Security forces battled a group of three or four gunmen who stormed the popular western-style Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday.

Details of the attack, including information on any casualties, were unclear but the attackers appeared to have included suicide bombers, Reuters reported, citing Afghan ministry spokesman Najib Danish for the information.

It was not immediately clear if there were any fatalities.

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 the hotel was on fire. No other information was available.

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

This is the second time the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has been attacked.

In 2011, eight Taliban insurgents stormed the hotel, setting off explosions and exchanging gunfire with authorities for hours until pressure from Afghan snipers and a NATO helicopter forced three of the remaining bombers to blow themselves up.

Eleven Afghan civilians — all Intercontinental workers — were killed, along with two policemen. Thirteen others were wounded, but none of the hotel’s guests were killed.