Militants attack international compound in Kabul, killing two locals


Afghanistan police walk at the site of an attack on foreign troops in Kabul on October 18, 2013. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden car in Kabul outside a compound where many foreign workers are based, Afghan officials said.



Militants attacked an international compound in Afghanistan's capital Friday, killing at least two civilians near the Green Village area. 

Germany closed its embassy in Kabul over potential security fears, according to the Associated Press, which quoted Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere saying that "precautionary measures" were being taken to prevent an attack.

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The attack seemingly began when a suicide bomber exploded his car as a foreign convoy was leaving the Green Village around 5 p.m., the BBC reported.

After the explosion, militants launched an attack on the compound which houses US military contractors, UN employees and European diplomats, according to The New York Times.

A local husband and wife were killed in the incident, according to NBC News. No international casualties were reported as of this writing.

Four people were injured, according to The Times, three of them women. 

Local police chief colonel Hafiz Amin told NBC that the attack was over and the area "has been cordoned off." 

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack according to Reuters sources, marking the first major Kabul incident since July of this year.