and bomb blasts were heard throughout the Afghan capital Tuesday, as
security forces worked to repel the assault near the city's diplomatic
district. Officials say a police officer and two insurgents have been
Afghan police say up to five attackers took over a multi-story building
under construction in Kabul's Abdul Haq square and begin firing at key
NATO said a small group of insurgents attacked the vicinity of the U.S.
Embassy and coalition headquarters, firing from outside the compound.
Both Afghan and NATO forces responded to the attack, with coalition
forces also providing air support.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also confirmed Tuesday's attack near its
heavily guarded compound, but said there were no casualties among
embassy personnel. Embassy spokeswoman Kerri Hannan said that staff had
been ordered to take cover.
Taliban spokesman told news agencies that the insurgents' primary
targets were the Afghan intelligence agency, a ministry, the U.S.
Embassy, and NATO.
In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters
that he was confident that Afghan forces could deal with the situation
in Kabul. He also said that the transfer of security from NATO to Afghan
forces would not be derailed by such attacks. The NATO chief said
transition is on track and will continue.
The attack comes just days after insurgents carried out an attack on a
NATO base in central Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four Afghan
civilians and wounding more than 100 others, include 77 U.S. troops.
The Taliban claimed responsibility the attack outside the main gate of
the Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province. But Pentagon spokesman
George Little said Monday there is a very strong likelihood that the
Pakistan-based Haqqani leadership supported and was aware of the attack.