Top Kabul Hotel Under Attack

Assailants strike at Inter-Continental Hotel
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2011 2:41 PM CDT
This video image shows Afghan police vehicles near the Inter-Continental hotel in Kabul Tuesday.   (AP Photo/APTN)
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(Newser) – One of Kabul's top hotels is under siege, reports the BBC. Initial sketchy reports suggest that several gunmen and suicide bombers got into the Inter-Continental Hotel about 10pm local time and were exchanging fire with security forces. No official word yet on casualties amid the chaos, but a US official tells CNN that 10 people are dead. The Taliban has claimed responsibility to the AP. "There was shooting," said one guest who escaped from a first-floor window. "The restaurant was full of guests."

The hotel, nicknamed Inter-Con, was to host a news conference tomorrow to announce details on the country's transition from international to national security forces. The Inter-Con opened in the late 1960s as the country's first luxury hotel. It sits on a hill overlooking Kabul and is popular with Western visitors and top Afghan politicians.

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