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Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul under attack, Afghan official says

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Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul under attack, Afghan official says

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Gunmen waged an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, according to Najib Danish, a spokesman for the country's interior ministry.

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Danish told ABC News that the attackers had entered the luxury hotel in Kabul and special forces have arrived on scene in response.

PHOTO: An Afghan security force keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan Jan. 20, 2018.Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
An Afghan security force keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan Jan. 20, 2018.

Kabul police spokesperson Basir Nujahid said two of the attackers have been killed while two more are still resisting.

Three people have been reported wounded so far, a government spokesman told the Associated Press. There were no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the AP reported.

An official at the U.S. Department of State told ABC News they “are monitoring the situation and are in contact with local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens have been affected.”

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The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a security alert Saturday, saying a "series of explosions" erupted at the Intercontinental Hotel around 9 p.m. local time.

"The attack is reported to be ongoing at this time. Afghan authorities have announced they are reacting to the incident and a heightened police presence throughout the city is expected," the embassy stated.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul had issued a previous security alert Thursday, saying it was "aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels" in the capital city.

ABC News' Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.

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