Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

KABUL, Afghanistan - Four gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on January 20, Saturday, and started shooting at guests, an Afghan official said, in the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital.

Another ministry spokesman told Germany's dpa news agency that the attackers set fire to the kitchen and took up positions on the hotel's fourth and fifth floors.

This comes as more than ten people were killed in a similar attack on Intercontinental Hotel in 2011.

An Afghan spy agency official told AFP there are four militants inside the hotel.

It is one of two main luxury hotels in Kabul and is used for events including conferences attended by government officials.

"We don't know the details yet but our forces are in the area to bring them down", Danish said.

They are "shooting at guests", he said.

The fourth floor of the hotel is also on fire, the NDS said.

Security in Kabul has been tightened since May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through the diplomatic quarter, killing some 150 people and wounding around 400 others - mostly civilians.

There are no reports regarding the casualties and no individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

The US State Department on Thursday warned of a possible impending attack in the Afghan capital.

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