Terrorists armed with bombs and small arms attacked the InterContinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul late Tuesday evening. A report in Fox News said up to six suicide bombers are believed to have been among the attackers and that multiple explosions were heard at the hotel.
A spokesman for the Taliban said bombers from the organization were responsible for the attack on the hotel, which took place at 10pm local time.
According to reports, at least 10 people have been killed in the attack, but that number has yet to be independently confirmed.
Afghan police were reportedly using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to fight the terrorists. The battle also drew in helicopters from the NATO-led force currently operating in Afghanistan, which attacked three of the terrorists on the hotel’s rooftop.
The incident ended when security forces managed to kill all the terrorists in the building.
The InterContinental Hotel is one of Kabul’s most heavily guarded hotels and is popular among international tourists. Some Afghan provincial governors were reportedly staying at the hotel at the time of the attack.
Samoonyar Mohammad Zaman, a security officer for the Ministry of Interior, told AP that some of the governors had left the hotel safely, but that some members of their entourages might still be inside.
One of the guests at the hotel was quoted by AP as saying the attack occurred as many people were having dinner in the hotel restaurant. He said he heard gunfire throughout the building.
A State Department official was quoted by Fox News as saying that no American officials have been affected by the attack. However, it is unknown if any other Americans have been killed or injured.