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Suicide bombers have invaded Kabul's Inter-Continental Hotel

The rare nighttime attack on Kabul's Inter-Continental Hotel is still unfolding. Kabul residents say multiple gunmen, some presumed to be suicide bombers, have infiltrated the hotel.

By Staff writer, Staff writer / June 28, 2011

This video image shows an Afghan security officer near the Inter-Continental hotel in Kabul, Tuesday June 28, following a blast at the hotel. At least one suicide bomber blew himself up late Tuesday night inside a Western-style hotel in Kabul, police said.

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A rare nighttime attack on a Kabul landmark has shaken the Afghan capital. The Taliban have taken credit for the assault, which appears to have left at least 10 people dead.

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The Inter-Continental Hotel in the Karte Parwan district was built by UK investors in the 1960s. It was looted and stripped during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, underwent a multimillion dollar makeover a few years ago, and tonight was attacked by a group of armed gunmen, some reported to be wearing suicide vests.

Saad Mohseni, the businessman who runs Tolo TV, Afghanistan's largest station, wrote on his Twitter feed that the attack occurred as a wedding party gathered around the hotel's outdoor pool and another event was being held inside the hotel's ballroom. He wrote that the poolside guests were able to flee down a hillside to safety, but didn't appear to know the situation inside the hotel, beyond reporting that 10 people had died in the attack.

There were contradictory reports about whether the situation was under control. Afghan police told reporters on the scene shortly after midnight local time that it was, but they weren't allowing access. Others said firing could still be heard as this story was published.

Hussein Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, took to his Twitter feed to express condolences and outrage. "Our prayers and support for victims of latest terrorist attack in Kabul," he wrote. "Pakistan and Afghanistan need to fight the terrorist menace together."

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