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Shir Ahmad Stanikzai poses in front of Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. For nearly 40 years the InterContinental Hotel Kabul, with commanding views over the bustling city and north towards the snow-capped Hindu Kush, has survived as a landmark of the Afghanistan that might have been. And for all that time Stanikzai has been there, watching history come and go.

 

Fighters armed with bombs and small arms attacked Kabul's InterContinental Hotel , where they fought Tuesday with Afghan security forces, Chief of Criminal Investigation Mohammed Zahir told CNN.

Among the attackers were suicide bombers, and according to Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban bombers were responsible for the 10 p.m. attack on the hotel which is popular with international tourists.

Initial reports indicate that multiple suicide bombers, mostly likely wearing explosive vests, carried out the attack.

The hotel was to be the location of a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the planned transition of security from international to Afghan forces announced last week by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Here are some facts about the Hotel:

-The luxury hotel was inaugurated officially on September 9th 1969 and sits atop a hill with eye-catching views of Kabul City.

-The hotel is typically protected by heavy security

-The hotel is 9 miles or a 15 minute drive from the airport, 6 miles or a 10 minute drive to new town, and 11 miles or a 15 minute drive to old town.

-The hotel Intercontinental Kabul is fully air-conditioned and centrally heated.

-All the rooms are completely equipped with modern facilities like private baths/shower, 21 inch TV in each room with 30 international channels includes of BBC and CNN news, Radio and telephone.

-There is a heated swimming pool and two international size tennis courts with coaching facilities available all year round.

-There are several dining rooms and a banquet hall

-Rooms start at 7,000 AFA ($162 USD) for a single deluxe room and go up to 14,000 AFA ($325 USD)for a Delux Suite.

There is no statement about the incident on the hotel's website at this time.

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