Five suicide bombers have reportedly attacked the Intercontinental hotel in Kabul and at least four explosions have been heard according to police in the Afghan capital. Several volleys of machinegun fire were also reported, and sporadic fighting is continuing.
The hotel is Kabul’s biggest and is frequently used by foreign dignitaries and visitors. It was built at the end of the 1960s and sits on a hill dominating the city, with heavily fortified surroundings.
A wedding party was reportedly in progress at the time of the attack.
Electricity in the surrounding district has been cut, plunging it into darkness. A number of police officers have been injured. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.