Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab, who escaped unhurt, said the attackers had got into the main part of the hotel through a kitchen and people tried to get out amid bursts of gunfire.
No reports of casualties have come so far.
The Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul was targeted in a June 2011 suicide attack that killed 21 people, among them 10 civilians. Reports say insurgents have entered the building as police have cordoned off the area, APA reports quoting Sputnik. At least 11 people were killed, including hotel staff and visitors.
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A security personnel points his weapon near the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday.
Abdullah Sabet, an official at the communications and information technology ministry, said IT officials from around the country were staying at the hotel ahead of a conference on Sunday. The Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack. We do not know who are the attackers.
The hotel has not been affiliated with the InterContinental Hotels Group for decades but continues to use a variation of the name. One was and killed by Afghan security forces and three others are still battling the forces from inside the hotel, he added.
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US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it was not known if any American citizens had been caught up in the attack.
The hotel serves as a meeting point for the Afghan capital's elite and caters to many worldwide guests.
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