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At least three wounded as gunmen attack upscale hotel in Afghan capital

At least three wounded as gunmen attack upscale hotel in Afghan capital

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry spokesman has confirmed to TOLOnews that Intercontinental Hotel in the capital has been attacked on Saturday.

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

The news agency also quoted an unidentified guest reportedly hiding in his room at the hotel as saying that he could hear gunfire in the building.

At least 10 people had been reported dead at after up to four gunmen and four suicide bombers had forced their way into the hotel.

No reports of casualties have come so far.

Security forces had cleared the first floor of the hotel but the attackers were still on the floors above, spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told the BBC.

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The attack began at about 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT), with some reports of the gunmen shooting security guards as they made their way into the five-storey building.

The last major attack on a high-end hotel in Kabul was in March 2014 when four teenage gunmen raided the Serena, killing nine people including an AFP journalist.

Abdullah Sabet, an official at the communications and information technology ministry, said IT officials from around the country were staying at the hotel ahead of a conference on Sunday. "We don't know if any of them have been killed or wounded", Sabet said.

The hotel serves as a meeting point for the Afghan capital's elite and caters to many global guests.

The hotel has not been affiliated with the InterContinental Hotels Group for decades but continues to use a variation of the name.

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