Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister in Kabul

At least four people were killed in an audacious attack on the Afghan defence minister’s house in Kabul, the first major bombing by militants in the capital for nearly a year.

Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday night as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near the heavily-fortified Green Zone.

His family was evacuated and four of the gunmen killed, officials said.

The attack comes as fighting rages in other cities after foreign troops left.

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to the violence.

Security officials told the AFP news agency that four people had been killed in the attack. Italian medical charity Emergency confirmed that 11 people who had been wounded had been brought to its facilities in Kabul, along with the bodies of four people who died.

Police say four of the five attackers were also killed after they managed to enter the minister’s villa. The interior ministry said it was a suicide bomb attack.

Special forces rushed to the neighbourhood just outside the Green Zone, the heavily fortified enclave where many embassies and government buildings are located. A gun battle lasting more than three hours finally ended the assault.

“Do not worry, everything is fine!” Mr Mohammadi tweeted after the attack.

No group has said it was behind the bombing, but the US state department said it bore “all the hallmarks” of a Taliban attack.