The attack started at about 9 pm on Wednesday night when three gunmen launched a brazen assault at the Park Palace Guesthouse, located in the Kolola Pushta area of the Kabul city.
Soon after the gunmen stormed the guest house, Afghan National Security Forces including Special Forces arrived and began striking back the attackers and also rescuing those under siege inside the guest house.

Kolola Pushta, home to several international guest houses and hotels, is near both the Ministry of Interior and the Indian Embassy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a three-day visit to China, tweeted last night, "In the aircraft I got news about the attack in Kabul. Am concerned about the situation & I pray for everyone's safety."

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the siege at the guesthouse which was about to host a musical concert.

The militants attacked the guesthouse thinking the (Indian) Ambassador (Amar Sinha) was present in the compound, President Ashraf Ghani's special envoy for good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud said.

"The attack was planned carefully to target the party in which important people and Americans were attending," the militants said in a statement.


Kabul Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters early on Thursday morning that at least five people had been killed and five wounded in the attack.

However, there was no clarity over the overall death toll apart from the confirmation that four Indians and an American were among the dead. At least six people were also wounded in the attack.

Rahimi said at least 54 people who had been trapped inside the guest house - some there for a concert, others who had been having dinner - were rescued by police and special forces.
Previous Attacks:         
Taliban gunmen killed nine people - including three children - in the upscale Serena Hotel in Kabul last year. Two months earlier, attackers stormed into a popular Lebanese restaurant in the capital and gunned down 21 people, including three United Nations staff and a senior IMF official.
Earlier on Wednesday, gunmen opened fire at a meeting of Muslim clerics in the southern province of Helmand, killing at least seven people, police said.