Three Dead After Taliban Truck Bomb and Gun Attack in Kabul

Broken glass and debris are seen inside a restaurant a day after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mohammed Ismail/Reuters

Updated | The Taliban claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, early on Monday after a powerful explosion was heard all around the city.

A security services official said four heavily armed attackers were fighting on the site of the Northgate Hotel, a secure residential compound for foreign military and civilian organizations.

Kabul police chief Abdel Rahman Rahimi told the BBC that after the blast two gunmen entered the compund. Both were killed in the ensuing gunfight, along with one police officer. Three more police officers were injured but no one staying at the compound was killed.

A spokeswoman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said they were assessing the situation but gave no details.

A statement from the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said had caused dozens of casualties and added its fighters had entered the compound.

The attack comes around a week after the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a demonstration by members of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority, killing at least 80 people.

The Taliban, which often says it wants to avoid civilian casualties, said the compound was not near homes and that ordinary people were not harmed.

This article has been updated with the number of dead and injured reported by the police.

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