A car bomb explosion that was claimed by the Taliban hit a diplomatic area of central Kabul on Friday, killing a Spanish police officer and wounding seven civilians. The area was rocked by at least five more explosions and gunfire overnight as security forces tried to flush out Taliban attackers.
Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the car bomb struck near a foreign guesthouse in Shir Pur, an area with embassies and other diplomatic buildings seen as one of the safer parts of the Afghan capital.
Two attackers were killed but three or four others were hiding in the guesthouse, deputy Kabul police chief Gul Agha Rouani said. He said three Spaniards were rescued and there were no other foreigners remaining in the building.