Six U.N. staff are among a dozen people killed when gunmen with automatic weapons and suicide vests stormed a guest house used by U.N. staff in the heart of the Afghan capital. One American is dead.
U.N. spokesman Adrian Edwards says another nine U.N. employees were injured in the assault.
Police say the bodies of the three gunmen have been sent out for autopsies.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility, saying it was meant as an assault on the upcoming presidential election.
Later, a rocket slammed into the grounds of the luxury Serena Hotel, which is favored by many foreigners. The device failed to explode but filled the lobby with smoke, forcing guests and employees to flee to the basement, according to an Afghan witness.
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