Gunmen storm Kabul guest house popular with foreigners

2015-05-13 19:51
(Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

(Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

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Kabul - Gunmen stormed a guest house popular with foreigners in Kabul on Wednesday, Afghan security officials said, with several people reportedly trapped inside as the Taliban press on with their annual spring offensive.

"Three to four gunmen entered Park Palace guest house in the evening. Security forces have been dispatched to the area," a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi, who was at the scene of the attack, said gunshots were heard from inside the guest house.

Roads leading up to the guest house were blocked by a large number of security personnel who arrived after the attack, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban, who have waged a 13-year war to topple the US-backed Afghan government, have attacked such guest houses in the past.

Taliban insurgents launched their spring offensive across Afghanistan late last month, stepping up attacks on government and foreign targets.

This year's offensive marks the first fighting season in which Afghan forces are battling the insurgents without the full support of US-led foreign combat troops.

Nato's combat mission formally ended in December, but a small follow-up force has stayed on to train and support local security personnel.

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