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Attack At Kabul Guesthouse Ends With Several Dead

Afghan police officers stand guard near the Park Place guesthouse in Kabul early on May 14.

Gunmen in the Afghan capital have stormed a guesthouse popular with foreigners, killing at least five people and wounding six, officials said.

One American and two Indians were among those killed on May 13. Another 54 guests at Kabul's Park Palace Hotel were rescued after the hourslong siege ended.

Dozens of hotel guests were trapped inside with the attackers until they were killed by police, who apparently thwarted a suicide mission that could have caused many more deaths.

"Three attackers have been killed. They didn't get the chance to detonate their suicide vests," Kabul deputy police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rohani told AFP.

The brutal assault was reminiscent of two attacks by Taliban fighters in Kabul last year, one on a restaurant and another on a hotel.

No group claimed responsibility for the latest attack, however.

Police officers freed some 20 people trapped in the guesthouse early in the standoff.

The gunmen stormed the hotel as many guests had assembled for a party and music concert, while others were eating dinner.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP