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At least five people have been killed and six others wounded in an attack by gunmen on a major hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

Officials said on Sunday that two attackers had been killed and one or two others were believed to be still resisting.

Al Jazeera reporter said that Afghan Special Forces were fighting the surviving gunmen who attacked the hotel on Saturday and seized hostages.

"Security forces are going floor-to-floor in that hotel, trying to flush out those attackers," Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said.

A witness said that part of the building, one of the largest luxury hotels in Kabul, was on fire. Explosions were also heard in the area.

Speaking to Al Jazeera shortly after the attack had started, a person inside Hotel Intercontinental Kabul described a "very dire situation".

"I spoke with somebody inside the hotel ... [who] said attackers were inside the hotel and set fire to a number of floors," said Glasse.

"We know that there were guests inside the hotel at the time of the attack and that a wedding was also going. The interior ministry said that those in the wedding party have been evacuated, as have some guests and staff," our correspondent added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.


Kabul Intercontinental hotel
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