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Several Reported Killed As Gunmen Attack House Of Afghan Lawmaker

Gunmen have attacked the house of an Afghan lawmaker in the capital, Kabul, killing at least five people, Afghan officials and media say.

Police said three attackers stormed the house of Mir Wali, a lawmaker from the volatile southern province of Helmand, at 7 p.m. local time on December 21, detonating explosives inside the house.

Tolo News reported that the legislator's two grandsons and his 25-year-old son, Obaidullah Barikzai, were among the dead. Two security guards were also killed, it said.

Mir Wali himself reportedly managed to escape, but an unknown number of people -- the family members and guests -- were still inside the house.

The Taliban said in a statement the group's suicide bombers raided the house to disrupt an "important gathering of security officials."

Quoting local residents, Tolo News reported late in the evening that the gunmen were still believed to be in the house, where the sound of gunfire and explosions could be heard.

Police special forces were sent to the scene of the attack.

Based on reporting by Tolo News and Reuters