Luxury Hotel in Kabul to be Attack Target

A group of Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan fighters (IIA) attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, the Afghan capital on Tuesday. The fighting erupted between Afghan security forces with the IIA, reports CNN quoted the Head of Criminal Investigation, Mohammed Zahir.

IIA spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the fighters responsible for the attack which occurred at 10.00 pm local time at the famous hotel is always filled with foreign guests. No details about the victims reported by the media.

The hotel is located on a hill on the outskirts of Kabul and always get a tight security by Afghan security forces. A press conference is scheduled to take place at the hotel for 2 days to discuss the transition plan of the foreign troops to the Afghan army.

"The people who will be involved with the meetings have been at the hotel," said Al Jazeera reporter.

The road to the hotel is blocked. The scene looks very dark because the electricity cut off to the hotel.

The incident occurred on same day as Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell announced that NATO and other foreign countries involved in the Afghanistan war has been decided to increase the number of Afghan puppet troops and puppet police to be 352,000 personnel.

AP reported that the firing RPGs and other heavy weapons was heard in the scene. AP reporter reported from the scene, said they heard shooting from the roof of building.

Samoonyar Mohammad Zaman, the security officer for the Afghan interior ministry said the attackers armed with machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, RPGs and grenades. They also use a grenade launcher, he added.

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