KABUL: Taliban militants laid siege to a guesthouse used by foreigners here, with at least four trapped inside, after a suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of the building.
An earlier report quoting Kabul police chief Mohammad Zahir said there was a Malaysian among those trapped.
“A suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of a guesthouse and now a number of suicide bombers are apparently inside,” said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief yesterday.
“A gunfight is under way. There are no reports of possible casualties,” he said, adding that Afghan forces were trying to enter the building to rescue those trapped inside.
United States-based aid group Roots for Peace said it was its guesthouse under attack in Kabul, and there were still four people trapped inside, according to its country manager Hajji Mohammad Sharif Osmani.
This is the latest violence to rock the Afghan capital just over a week before its presidential election. — Agencies