Several killed in gunshot in Kabul hotel
An Al Jazeera report indicates that an US citizen and two Indian nationals are among five people killed after gunfire erupted in a guesthouse in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Police said six other people were wounded and 54 hostages had been rescued.
Several attackers had earlier entered the guesthouse on Wednesday in the city's upscale neighbourhood of Shar-e-naw.
The guesthouse is located close to a UN office and a diplomatic compound.
Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi, who was at the scene of the attack, said gunshots were heard from inside the guesthouse when the attack occured.
For the moment, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to officials, one American and at least two Indian nationals were among the casualties.
Three people who had lived at the guest house were rescued and sheltering at the India embassy by security forces, a diplomat said.
Taliban fighters launched their spring offensive across Afghanistan late last month, stepping up attacks on government and foreign targets.
Source: Al Jazeera