Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital Kabul

An Afghan official says that a group of gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul.

"Fights between insurgents and security forces are still on".

Witnesses reported hearing intense gunfire from inside the building.

The Ministry also said that some people were held hostages in the hotel.

Residents in the area report a high volume of ambulances at the scene but the area has been cordoned off by security forces.

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In 2011, Taliban militants attacked the same hotel, inflicting heavy casualties and damage. More than 100 IT managers and engineers were on site when the attack took place, Ahmad Waheed, an official at the telecommunications ministry, said.

"The operation will soon end and the attackers will be killed", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. "We don't know if any of them have been killed or wounded", Sabet said.

The Intercontinental was developed by the InterContinental Hotels Group and opened in 1969.

Security forces stand guard near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. In the end, all seven, along with 11 other people, were dead.

The Islamic State group has claimed most of the recent attacks in the Afghan capital, but authorities suspect that the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network has been involved in at least some of them. Seven people died in that assault, when several gunmen and suicide bombers, three of which detonated their devices, attacked the facility.

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