"I beg the security forces to rescue us as soon as possible before they reach and kill us".
The largest number of foreigners killed were from Ukraine and belonged to the Ukraine airline which operates flights to Kabul. Norway has helped train Afghan elite forces since 2007.
Fourteen foreigners and four Afghan civilians were among those killed in the siege, Afghanistan's interior ministry said. German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr confirmed that a German was among those killed, without providing further details.
The Intercontinental, one of two luxury hotels in the city, is frequented by government officials and foreigners, "and was thought to be well protected", says The Guardian. The U.S.is in contact with Afghan authorities regarding their investigation of the incident, Tillerson said.
His phone has been switched off since then. It was initially reported that four gunmen had attacked the hotel.
According to one account, by a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity, the gunmen got through an initial checkpoint on the approach road before reaching a second checkpoint close to a auto park near the hotel entrance.
"Everything became chaotic in a moment".
Others barricaded themselves in their rooms as the militants hunted...
Abdul Rahman Naseri said he was in the hotel hall when he saw the insurgents dressed in army uniforms.
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"Suddenly (militants) attacked the dinner gathering".
Eleven hotel waiters rushed in saying the hotel was under terrorist attack.
The Taliban claimed both attacks.
However, there have been several attacks in recent months.
He described hiding and listening as the gunmen went from room to room, forcing doors open "with daggers" and killing those inside. The previous attack happened in June 2011, when a suicide bomber killed 21 people, including 10 civilians.
"We believe they were inside from before", he told AFP of the attackers.
The Foreign Office, in a press statement issued earlier, strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack at the hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Several armoured United States military vehicles with heavy machineguns could be seen close to the hotel along with Afghan police units as Special Forces manoeuvred around the site.
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