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Kabul District Heavily Guarded After Attack

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Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014.

Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014.

An upscale neighborhood in the Afghan capital, Kabul, is being guarded by Afghan security forces after Taliban fighters staged an attack the night before.

Witnesses said multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district came late Thursday.

Wazir Akbar Khan district, Kabul

Wazir Akbar Khan district, Kabul

The nighttime attack, claimed by the Taliban, occurred near the compound of the International Relief and Development agency.

The agency's head of security, Tony Haslem, told The Associated Press that the sound of rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons lasted about 45 minutes.

No foreigners were killed in the attack.

A Taliban spokesman said the intended target was a guesthouse occupied by foreigners.

The attack came hours after a suicide car-bomber struck a British embassy vehicle, killing five people including a British citizen.

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