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Kabul Bombing: Insurgents Killed in Afghan Hotel Attack

Intercontinental Kabul(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghan police and international forces have killed all the gunmen who stormed a landmark hotel in Kabul Tuesday, in one of the most significant attacks in Afghanistan in the past few years.

As many as six suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, where Afghan officials had gathered for a conference, according to police.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel entrance and at least four explosions were heard during the gun battle between the insurgents and police and international forces.

The battle ended after troops in NATO helicopters circling over the hotel shot and killed three of the insurgents on the roof.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An Afghan news agency is reporting that at least 10 people have died, but that figure has not been independently confirmed.

Afghan officials, including provincial governors, were staying at the Intercontinental because of a conference on transition that begins Wednesday. Afghan forces are scheduled to take charge of security in some areas of the country starting in July.

According to a State Department official, no American officials were affected by the attack. It's not yet known if any other Americans have been killed or injured.

It is not known if there was a particular target staying at the hotel, which sits on a hill above the city, or if the target was the hotel itself.

The attack occurred while guests were having dinner.  Power to the hotel and the entire surrounding neighborhood was cut. As they responded to the attack, police cordoned off streets leading to the hotel.

The International Security Assistance Force, the U.S.-led military force in Afghanistan, said it offered assistance to Afghan authorities.

The Intercontinental Hotel is the most famous hotel in Afghanistan and one of the icons of Kabul, where many Westerners and Afghan officials stay and hold meetings.

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