One gunman killed, three remain inside Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital

One gunman killed, three remain inside Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital

One gunman killed, three remain inside Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital

The attack comes just days after the USA embassy in Kabul issued a warning about hotels in the city, saying it was aware of planned attacks by extremist groups.

"We are hiding in our rooms. We don't know the details of casualties yet but they set the kitchen on fire", interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP. "Some parts of the building caught fire following the gunfire and grenade explosions", an eyewitness told Xinhua earlier. Seven people died in that assault, when several gunmen and suicide bombers, three of which detonated their devices, attacked the facility. We do not know who are the attackers.

The Intercontinental was last targeted in June 2011 when a suicide attack killed 21 people, including 10 civilians.

Even before Saturday's attack was over, authorities were questioning how the assailants got past the hotel's security, which was taken over by a private company two weeks ago, Danish said.

"There were 40 of them in the hotel".

While it shares the same name, the hotel in Kabul is not part of InterContinental Hotels Group, which issued a statement in 2011 saying that "the hotel Inter-continental in Kabul is not part of IHG". At the entrance to the building, there was a physical inspection that could be easily evaded by scaling a low-level barrier and entering the lobby.

Several people had been killed and at least six wounded in the raid, which came days after a United States embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul, Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman, said.

The State Department said it was monitoring the situation and was in contact with Afghan authorities to determine whether any USA citizens had been affected.

The attack comes just two days after the U.S. Department of State issued a warning that "extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul".

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