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Gunmen Storm Guesthouse In Kabul

An Afghan security official secures the scene of a gunfight between militants and Government forces near a guest house in Kabul on 13 May.

Gunmen have stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital popular with foreigners, sparking a gunbattle with security forces.

The attack targeted Kabul's Park Palace Hotel, located in Kabul's upscale area of Kolola Pushta, late on May 13.

Security personnel were at the scene, blocking roads leading up to the guesthouse.

Kabul police chief General Abdul Rahman Rahimi said gunshots were heard from inside the building.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the raid, though the Taliban has launches similar attacks in Kabul.

Earlier on May 13, police said gunmen opened fire on a gathering of Muslim clerics in the southern province of Helmand, killing seven people.

The Taliban, which stepped up attacks after most foreign forces pulled out at the end of last year, claimed responsibility for that attack.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters