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Afghanistan’s Intercontinental Hotel Under Attack by Suicide Bombers

Fox News June 28, 2011  Will update as information becomes available

The popular Intercontinental hotel in Kabul has come under a suicide bombing attack Tuesday, a U.S. official told Fox News. The attack is still ongoing.

Afghanistan news agency TOLOnews is reporting at least 10 people have been killed. That number has yet to be independently confirmed.

Up to six suicide bombers are believed to have attacked the hotel, Afghan police tell Fox News. Multiple explosions have been heard at the hotel.

Afghan police were battling the assailants with machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades as tracer rounds went up over the blacked out building.

Afghan National Police have secured the area around the hotel. Kabul’s police chief says at least three of the suicide bombers blew themselves up.

Streets leading to the Intercontinental hotel are blocked.

“It’s an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel. There are several gunmen shooting,” Kabul criminal investigations chief Mohammad Zahir told AFP.

He said “a number” of police had been wounded.

Azizullah, an Afghan police officer who uses only one name, told The Associated Press at the scene that at least one bomber entered the hotel Tuesday night and detonated a vest of explosives.

Jawid, a guest at the hotel, says the attack occurred as many people were having dinner in the hotel restaurant. He says he heard gunfire throughout the several story building.

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June 28, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , ,

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