Gunmen storm Kabul guesthouse popular with foreigners 

An Afghan policeman stands guard near the security perimeter setup around the Serena hotel in Kabul late on March 21, 2014. Security forces rushed to the luxury Serena hotel in central Kabul on March 20 evening after gunshots were heard at the venue, a high-security location favoured by foreign visitors to the Afghan capital. The gunfire at the hotel came on the same day that seven Taliban suicide attackers stormed a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad killing 10 policemen. AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI        (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

May 13,Kabul: Gunmen have stormed a guesthouse in Kabul popular with foreigners,Afghan security officials said, with several people reportedly trapped inside.

“Three to four gunmen entered Park Palace guesthouse in the evening. Security forces have been dispatched to the area,” a senior security official told AFP on Wednesday condition of anonymity.

Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul police chief, who was at the scene of the attack, said gunshots were heard from inside the guesthouse.

Police and special forces have arrived at the scene in Kolola Pushta area of Kabul, said Qadam Shah Shaheem, commander of the Afghan National Army’s 111th Corps.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban, who have waged a 13-year war to topple the US-backed Afghan government, have attacked such guesthouses in the past.

Taliban insurgents launched their spring offensive across Afghanistan late last month, stepping up attacks on government and foreign targets.This year’s offensive marks the first fighting season in which Afghan forces are battling the insurgents without the full support of US-led foreign combat troops.

NATO’s combat mission formally ended in December but a small follow-up force has stayed on to train and support local security personnel.

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