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Taliban Militants Attack Guesthouse in Afghan Capital

Taliban militants attacked a guesthouse used by foreigners in the Afghan capital Friday, sparking a gun battle and leaving at least five people trapped.

Officials say suicide bombers laid siege to the guesthouse in Kabul, noting there were six people there at the time and that one escaped. Ongoing gunfire could be heard in the area.

A U.S.-based aid group, Roots for Peace, told the French news agency it was using the guesthouse, and that three Afghans were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban claimed the guesthouse was being used as a church.

Afghan officials are on high alert for attacks as the country's April 5 presidential election approaches.

Taliban insurgents have vowed to disrupt the election, which is considered key to Afghanistan's stability after international troops end their combat mission at the end of this year. If successful, the poll would mark the country's first democratic transfer of power.
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