Gunfire And Explosions Shake Afghan Capital

Gunfire followed by several explosions rocked Kabul on Sunday afternoon, in what appeared to be a coordinated attack in areas of the Afghan capital.

Heavy explosions and gunfire have been reported near US embassy and NATO offices in Afghan capital, Kabul.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunfire followed by several explosions rocked Kabul on Sunday afternoon, in what appeared to be a coordinated attack in areas of the Afghan capital.

Explosions were first heard in an area near major Western embassies and a major NATO military camp, usually a heavily secured area of the city.

Soon after there was shooting near the Parliament and reports of explosions elsewhere in Kabul.

In the upscale residential neighborhood of Wazir Akbar Khan, police rushed past a supermarket near the road that led to the German Embassy and Camp Eggers, a major NATO camp that includes many of the top officials that run the NATO training mission. Several Western countries, including Britain and the United States, have their embassies in the area.

Several blasts that sounded like bombs were followed by explosions from several rockets in the area. Sirens sounded at nearby embassies warning people to “duck and cover and get away from the windows.” With each explosion windows shook in nearby houses. Smoke could be seen rising from some buildings, and witnesses told Reuters that smoke appeared to be billowing from the German embassy.

An Associated Press reporter in Kabul said militants who had staked out positions in a tall building were firing rockets in different directions, though it was unclear what they were targeting.