Taliban attacks Kabul secure zone

AFP-JIJI

Taliban militants targeted the presidential palace and national CIA office in Kabul on Tuesday morning, with gunfire and explosions erupting at one of the gates of the complex in the Afghan capital.

Blasts and gunshots shook the city for an hour after the first explosions at about 6:30 am, sending smoke into the air in a high-security area of Kabul that also contains many embassies and official buildings.

Police said that three or four attackers had approached one entrance to the sprawling palace area and had fled their explosives-laden car before detonating it.

Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said that all the militants had died and no security forces personnel or civilians were killed, giving no further details. A palace source said the expansive grounds around the building had not been breached.