Update: A resident close to the Intercontinental Hotel reports having just heard a loud explosion. Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the casualty toll could be quite high.
An eyewitness, who managed to flee Intercontinental Hotel, said at least 15 people are either killed or wounded in the first and second floors of the hotel.
Kabul: Four gunmen attacked Kabul’s luxury Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and started shooting at guests, an Afghan official said, in the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital.
“Four attackers are inside the building,” an official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP. They are “shooting at guests”, he said. The fourth floor of the hotel is on fire, the official from the National Directorate of Security added.
Occupants inside the hotel are hiding on the second floor, a security source said. 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.