Foreign Guesthouse Reportedly Attacked In Kabul's Diplomatic Area

A closed circuit security camera shows Afghan security forces responding to an attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. (AP)

Police in Afghanistan have confirmed that a foreign compound is under attack in the capital, Kabul, as explosions and gunfire can be heard.

NPR's Sean Carberry, reporting from the Afghan capital, says the gunfire and blasts could be heard in the city's diplomatic area.

As The Associated Press notes: "Kabul has come under regular attack in recent weeks. Earlier Thursday, a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing a British national."

Reuters, quoting a local military commander, reports that the blast was the result of a car bomb.

The commander of 111 Military Corps Kabul, Qadam Shah Shaheem, told Reuters that the target was a foreign guesthouse in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of the city, where many embassies and international organizations are located.

"Two or three insurgents have entered the compound. Our forces are there and the fight is ongoing," he told Reuters.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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