Afghanistan: 5 gunmen killed and 6 injured in an ongoing gunfight

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Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday i.e. 20th January and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.

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At least five people have been killed and six others have been injured in an ongoing gunfight between armed gunmen and security forces in the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attackers, who have reportedly taken several people hostage, entered the hotel through a kitchen. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A spokesman for the ministry of public health said that 19 bodies had been brought into city hospitals, with six identified as foreigners.

The raid was the latest in a series of attacks that have underlined the city’s vulnerability and the ability of militants to mount high-profile operations aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government. More than 150 guests were able to flee as parts of the building caught fire, with some shimmying down sheets tied together and dropped from upper-floor windows and others rescued by Afghan forces.

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As day broke on Sunday, thick clouds of black smoke poured from the building, an imposing 1960s structure set on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul.

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