A US citizen and two Indian nationals are reported to be among five people killed after gunmen stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital as it hosted a party for foreigners.
Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said special forces from the Crisis Response Unit had now retaken the building, clearing the guesthouse room by room.
Police said six other people were wounded and 54 hostages had been rescued.
Several attackers had earlier entered the guesthouse on Wednesday in the city’s upscale neighbourhood of Shar-e-Naw.
The guesthouse is located close to a UN office and a diplomatic compound.
Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi, who was at the scene of the attack, said gunshots were heard from inside the guesthouse when the attack occurred.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
A spokeswoman for the US embassy confirmed that one American was killed in the attack, but gave no other details.
At least two Indian nationals were also killed and three who had lived at the guesthouse were rescued and sheltering at the India embassy, a diplomat said.
Taliban fighters launched their spring offensive across Afghanistan late last month, stepping up attacks on government and foreign targets.
This year’s offensive marks the first fighting season in which Afghan forces are battling the Taliban without the full support of US-led foreign combat troops.