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Kabul Officials: Siege Ends With All Taliban Attackers Dead

AFGHANISTAN, Kabul- Taliban Attack
AFGHANISTAN, Kabul- Taliban Attack

Afghan security forces have killed all four insurgents involved in an attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul, Afghan officials said December 12.

At least one Spanish security officer was killed in the attack in a heavily protected part of Kabul close to several embassies and government buildings.

In addition, four Afghan policemen were killed and at least seven people were treated in a nearby hospital for injuries, the officials said.

Attackers blew up a car bomb late December 11 before gunmen entered a compound and battled security forces for hours. Gunfire and explosions were heard intermittently until early morning hours.

The powerful blast sent a thick plume of smoke into the sky.

In a message posted to his Twitter account, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said all of the attackers had been killed by Afghan special forces.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, just days after President Ashraf Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Pakistan, where he sought support to revive peace talks that stalled this year.

Earlier this week, a separate Taliban attack on the airport complex in Kandahar killed at least 50 civilians and security forces.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and AFP