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AFGHAN se­cu­rity forces were last night bat­tling a multi-pronged at­tack by in­sur­gents tar­get­ing the US em­bassy, Nato head­quar­ters and po­lice build­ings in Kabul.

Po­lice ex­changed fire with two gun­men holed up in an un­fin­ished high-rise build­ing over­look­ing the diplo­matic quar­ter.

Six peo­ple were killed and 16 in­jured, Kabul's po­lice chief said.

The Tal­iban said they were be­hind the vi­o­lence.

Po­lice killed four in­sur­gents, po­lice chief Gen­eral Ayub told news­men.

“This at­tack is the work of the Haqqani net­work.” he said. The Haqqani net­work is al­lied to the Tal­iban.

Gen Ayub said the in­sur­gents wanted to carry out at­tacks to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of 9/11.

Nato said the at­tack was an at­tempt to de­rail the se- cu­rity han­dover to Afghan­led forces, as in­ter­na­tional troops be­gin to with­draw.

The at­tacks be­gan when in­sur­gents fired rock­ets into Kabul's up­mar­ket em­bassy district.

At the same time, sui­cide bombers struck tar­gets across the city.

A Tal­iban spokesman said the group was car­ry­ing out ‘a mas­sive sui­cide at­tack on lo­cal and for­eign in­tel­li­gence fa­cil­i­ties’.

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