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An Afghan police officer  stood guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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An Afghan police officer stood guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

KABUL — Five suicide attackers struck a civilian base on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, early Tuesday, blasting their way into the compound and killing four security guards before the attackers were fatally shot.

The attack took place at 4:30 a.m. when a truck laden with explosives detonated at Camp North Gate, a base about 24 miles from Bagram Air Base that is primarily used to house employees of a military contractor, DynCorp International. Attackers then stormed the compound, but were shot by security officers in the ensuing firefight. Four Nepali guards and one Afghan security guard died in the fighting; five civilians were wounded.

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of assaults aimed at the capital.

Last week, the Taliban launched a sophisticated attack against the presidential palace in Kabul, while insurgents killed as many as 17 people during a June 11 attack on the Supreme Court there.

With typical flair, a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the insurgents killed 33 people and wounded 44 others, vastly inflating the official casualty count.

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