Sarway also reported that an Afghan security official said they were fighting a very organized group of suicide attackers. Steve Herman, a Voice of America reporter, notes on Twitter that the hotel is located at the top of a hill, “with rings of security.” He writes, “Not easy for bad guys to penetrate.”
The hotel, which is no longer associated with the Intercontinental chain, but is still “popular w/ afghan VIP + expat crowd, sprawling ground, hosts dinners/events,” describes Tom Popyk, a reporter for Global TV Canada. Or, to put it another way, Matthieu Aikins a writer for Harper's, writes, “Intercontinental is haunt of expats and Afghan elite. This will get far more press than July 18 attack with 4 suicide bombers near bazaar.”
Storyful created a Twitter list of people in Afghanistan reporting on the attack.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to the Associated Press.
The attack comes just days after President Obama announced the U.S. plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Read more on the developing story here.