(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: Gunmen attack ‘ Intercontinental Hotel ‘ on Saturday Afghan forces have engaged the gunmen and two of the four attackers have been reportedly killed and rumours of people being thrown or jumping from hotel window’s #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.20: Editor says this is an updated report on our breaking news here: https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/breaking144-unknown-assailants-attacked-kabul-continental-hotel-in-afghanistan-ongoing-attack-acebreakingnews/
Here’s what we know so far as the attack is still in progress Gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, according to a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior minister: (CNN) Gunmen launched an attack Saturday on the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul, according officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Affairs #AceNewsDesk reports

Afghan special forces are trying to engage the attackers, said Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman for the ministry: A man who fled the hotel in Kabul says attackers were throwing guests out from the 4th floor of #Kabul Intercon Hotel……..He saw four dead bodies outside the hotel. While firing and throwing people from windows of upper floors, assailants were shouting Allahu Akbar.— BNL NEWS unconfirmed reports: Two of four attackers in the hotel have been killed, Rahimi said. He said the hotel’s third floor, where the kitchen is located, had caught fire………..The attackers had been in the kitchen, then moved to the fourth floor, an Afghan special forces commander told CNN……..Ambulance crews “are on the site, waiting for a green light to get in,” said Dr. Wahid Majrooh, the country’s minister of public health……..The US State Department had warned this week of a possible attack in Kabul…….”Security Alert for #Kabul, #Afghanistan: reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai Int’l Airport,” the agency said Thursday on Twitter………..Foreigners are among the hotel guests, but it wasn’t immediately known how many or their nationalities, Rahimi said.

Hotel was attacked in 2011

Flames light up the sky in the 2011 attack on the Kabul hotel.

Flames light up the sky in the 2011 attack on the Kabul hotel.

In June 2011, seven Taliban fighters attacked the same hotel over several hours. In the end, all seven, along with 11 other people, were dead………The InterContinental Hotels Group developed the hotel, which opened in 1969. But the hotel has had no association with the group since the Soviet invasion in 1979, though it continues to use the name without connection to the parent company……

CNN’s Ehsan Popalzai reported from Kabul and Jason Hanna wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Nadeem Muaddi, Sandi Sidhu and Alla Eshchenko contributed to this report.https://t.co/l5TJ2Y7HOA Gunmen attack the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul; no word yet on casualties.— The Associated Press January 20, 2018

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