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Taliban claims responsibility for attack in Kabul

(Xinhua)

08:41, September 14, 2011

KABUL, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Six security personnel were injured in gun battle with Taliban militants as a fifth blast was heard in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, police said.

Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, a purported spokesman for Taliban, told media via telephone from unknown location that a group of Taliban fighters equipped with arms and suicide vests targeted U.S. embassy and other foreign agencies offices around.

"The incident happened in Char Rahi Abdul Haq area closed to U. S. embassy and NATO-led ISAF headquarters," police told Xinhua.

Police cordoned off the area and gun battle continued, Xinhua reporter on the spot witnessed.

The first explosion broke out at around 13:20 local time (0850 GMT), and gun battle followed.

The attackers have occupied a tall building and apparently targeted U.S. embassy and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters.

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