The killed included two Spanish citizens, one Afghan civilian, five police personnel and four attackers.

"Police force arrived at the site shortly after the attack, and launched a counter-offensive against the terrorists," the Afghan Interior Ministry ministry said.

A total of 12 guests trapped in the building were rescued by the police, the report said.

Then everywhere it became dark due to smoke. After the smoke I found that all the windows of my house were shattered by a blast. My children were shocked and they began to cry," resident Mohammad Murtaza said.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since April when the militant group launched its annual rebel offensive in different places of the militancy-plagued country which had claimed hundreds of lives including militants, security personnel and civilians.

Taliban has urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centres regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support government.

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