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Insurgents attack Kabul compound

Insurgents have detonated a car bomb and then attacked a heavily fortified private residential compound used by hundreds of foreigners on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Police had no initial reports on any casualties.

Small arms fire could be heard for about an hour after the initial blast. Fire trucks were seen moving in to extinguish a blaze started by the blast.

Police officer Mohammad Aslan said the assault started at dusk when a car exploded near the gate of the compound, known as the Green Village.

The camp houses contractors from various countries, European diplomatic personnel and United Nations employees.

It is located on the main road connecting Kabul to the eastern city of Jalalabad and is surrounded by layers of blast walls and has dozens of armed guards.

Green Village was last attacked by a suicide car bomber and armed attackers on May 2, 2012, and a number of Afghan guards were killed. None of its residents was injured.

AP

Associated Press writer Patrick Quinn contributed to this report.

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