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2 more blasts rock foreign residential compound in Afghan capital

(Xinhua)

15:16, May 02, 2012

KABUL, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Two more blasts rocked inside a fortified residential compound used by foreign staffs of international organizations in eastern part of Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday morning.

A suicide car bomb targeted the entrance gate of the compound named Green Village which locates in Pul-i-Charkhi area at about 6: 15 a.m. local time enabling other armed militants to enter the complex, a police officer near the site told Xinhua.

There are some gunmen inside the complex and still are fighting with security forces, he said. At least one Nepalese security guard and five civilians have been killed and 17 others injured so far in the attack, according to officials.

Several foreign staff were caught up inside the building and it was not clear immediately whether any foreign people may have been killed in the incident.

The attacks came hours after U.S. President Barack Obama left Kabul following a surprise visit, during which he signed the strategic partnership agreement with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.

The Pul-i-Charkhi area where the attack occurred located in Jalalabad road, the main way out of the capital to the east till the border with Pakistan. Several U.S. and NATO military camps are located nearby.

Taliban militants have claimed the responsibility for the attack.

A Xinhua reporter near the site said that sporadic firing still could be heard in the area.

The area was cordoned off by security forces and police were on high alert across the Kabul while several helicopters were hovering above the area to monitor the situation.

This is the second coordinated attack in the insurgency-hit country over the past two weeks.

A total of 51 people including 36 attacker were killed and 74 others injured when Taliban launched a coordinated attack in Kabul and three other eastern cities on April 15.

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