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Heavy gunfire, explosions are heard in an upscale neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul


 Heavy gunfire and explosions have been echoing through an upscale neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital.

   Police have surrounded a guesthouse thought to be under attack by insurgents late Tuesday night.

   The firefight is taking place in a neighborhood that's home to several embassies.

   Police could not be immediately reached for comment, though officers could be seen blocking off roads into the area. Police officers have smashed lights throughout the neighborhood to cover their movements.

   No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It comes amid intensified fighting across many parts of Afghanistan since the Taliban launched their warm weather offensive a month ago.

   Earlier today, four militants launched an attack on the court in the capital of Wardak province. A spokesman for the governor says one attacker blew himself up as the other three exchanged fire with police before being killed.

   Yesterday, militants killed at least 26 police officers and soldiers in ambushes in southern Helmand province.

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