Afghanistan's Interior Ministry spokesman has confirmed to TOLOnews that Intercontinental Hotel in the capital has been attacked on Saturday. Reports say insurgents have entered the building as police have cordoned off the area, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
Heavy gunfire is taking place at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, TOLOnews reports. According to local police sources, several people have been taken hostage and some killed. Security services are responding to the crisis. The exact number of attackers is being verified.
An Afghan spy agency official told AFP there are four militants inside the hotel.
The incident is taking place just five days after two rockets hit Afghanistan capital's diplomatic area.
People are sharing information about the attack on social media.
Afghanistan is suffering from the activity of Taliban, a militant group formed in the 1990s, seeking to establish a strict Sharia law in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The crisis in the country prompted the emergence of local cells of other extremist organizations such as the Daesh terrorist group, which is outlawed in Russia and numerous other countries.