DEVELOPING: U.S. Embassy Targeted In Taliban Attack On Kabul - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

DEVELOPING: U.S. Embassy Targeted In Taliban Attack On Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan and coalition forces battled Taliban militants who launched a brazen assault against high-profile coalition targets in central Kabul Tuesday.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told CNN that they targeted "the U.S. Embassy, governmental organizations and other foreign organizations."

"Our insurgents attacked in Kabul city," Mujahid said as reports surfaced of violence in other parts of the city as well.

The strike occurred amid intelligence that insurgents might launch a high-profile attack in the capital around the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States, a coalition officer and a senior ISAF official confirmed to CNN.

Militants opened fire near the U.S. Embassy and NATO's International Security Assistance Force headquarters after they stormed a nearby abandoned building, U.S., NATO and Afghan officials said.

ISAF said the insurgents attacked the "vicinity" of the sites using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. An ISAF official said there are initial reports that some rounds hit the NATO base and caused minor damage.

ISAF said Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces immediately responded and were at the scene. Coalition forces were providing air support.

A senior ISAF official said there are fewer than 10 insurgents involved in the attack, which was launched from an area outside the secure zone surrounding both areas.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said four suicide attackers entered the building site from which the attack is being carried out. Two of them were killed and two were "resisting."

The abandoned building is next to Abdul Haq Square, a few blocks from the U.S. Embassy, an intelligence officer told CNN.

An embassy spokeswoman said staff at the U.S. facility had been told to take cover and there were no casualties among embassy personnel. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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