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Taliban attack US embassy and Nato HQ in Kabul with RPGs

In a wave of attacks that left four people dead, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the US embassy and Nato headquarters and suicide bombers targeted police buildings.

Afghan policemen fire towards a building taken over by Taliban insurgents during an attack near the US embassy in Kabul yesterday. Ahmad Masood / Reuters
Afghan policemen fire towards a building taken over by Taliban insurgents during an attack near the US embassy in Kabul yesterday. Ahmad Masood / Reuters

KABUL // Taliban insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the US embassy and Nato headquarters in the Afghanistan capital yesterday.

Suicide bombers also targeted police buildings in a wave of attacks that left four people dead.

The coordinated assaults - two days after the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks - carried an unsettling message to western leaders and their Afghan allies about the resilience and reach of the Taliban.

This was the third major attack in Kabul since late June, casting doubts on the ability of Afghans to secure their country as the US and other foreign troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.

The American embassy and Nato both said no staff were wounded. At least one Afghan police officer, a civilian and two insurgents were killed.

The interior ministry said nine people were wounded across the capital, including four people injured by at least two suicide bombings in western Kabul.

Four Afghans were hurt when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the US embassy building. Among them was a small girl who was with a group waiting for visas.

The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the US will do everything it can to combat those behind the "cowardly attack".