Suicide bombers strike Kabul hotel

Laura Rozen
The Envoy

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel.

"A group of suicide bombers attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul Tuesday, and fighting was ongoing with Afghan security forces," CNN reported, citing Afghanistan's Chief of Criminal Investigation Mohammed Zahir.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, at about 10 p.m. Tuesday local time, in a telephone call to the Associated Press.

"Afghan security forces were still struggling to bring the situation under control, and the number of casualties was not immediately clear," the New York Times' Alissa Rubin reported. "But a Western security official said that early reports indicated that there were as many as six suicide bombers, and that 10 people had been killed in the attack."

Al Jazeera English, citing police sources, reported that there were six attackers still alive at the hotel, four near the pool area and two on the second floor.