Suicide bombers attack landmark hotel in Afghan capital

June 29, 2011 00:37

KABUL - At least five suicide bombers attacked a major hotel frequented by Westerners in Afghanistan's capital late on Tuesday, a senior police officer said, with fighting continuing as police cleared the building.

Reuters witnesses heard four blasts over the course of about two hours, with intermittent bursts of gunfire heard during the late-night attack on the Intercontinental Hotel, one of two main hotels used by foreigners in Kabul.

Mohammad Zahir, the head of the Kabul police crime unit, said three police officers had been wounded as they cleared the hotel on the city's western outskirts.

"The clearing of the Intercontinental is still going on. It's not over yet," Zahir told Reuters.

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