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Gunmen Attack Foreign Guesthouse In Kabul


Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a suicide attack at a foreign guesthouse in Kabul on November 27.

Afghan officials say a Taliban attack on a compound for foreign aid workers in western Kabul has ended with three attackers and at least two civilians killed after a battle on November 29 that lasted several hours.

Witnesses say the gunmen who attacked the guesthouse in the Karte Se neighborhood which is primed to become Kabul’s governmental hub included suicide bombers who entered the compound.

At least two large explosions were heard during the battle.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted what they described as a "secret missionary center."

The attack is the latest in a series of deadly Taliban assaults targeting foreigners in Kabul at a time when most NATO combat troops in Afghanistan are withdrawing before the end of 2014 deadline.

But under recent agreements approved by Afghanistan’s parliament, about 12,000 NATO troops will remain in Afghanistan during 2015 with a mandate allowing them to engage in combat or support operations for Afghan security forces.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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