This was just sent to me from CBS News with Diane Sawyer. It is extremely troubling news and even more so since we have at least one soldier from Leoti serving in Afghanistan. I ask for many prayers to be sent up. Thank you! VLE-B
Kabul Hotel Under Attack By Suicide Bombers
Intercontinental Popular With Westerners, Attack Still Underway
By NICK SCHIFRIN (@nickschifrin)
June 28, 2011
In one of the most significant attacks in Afghanistan in the past few years, insurgents have hit a landmark Kabul hotel popular with foreigners with as many as 6 suicide bombers and gunmen, according to police.
At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Intercontinental Hotel, and the attack is still ongoing. At least four explosions have been heard and gunfire continues.
A police official says there are at least 3 attackers, but the number could be double that. An Afghan news agency is reporting that at least 10 people have died, but that figure has not been independently confirmed.
It's 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 and power to the hotel and the entire surrounding neighborhood has now been cut. Police have cordoned off streets leading to the hotel.
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.