NATO compound in Kabul attacked; 6 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban are claiming they carried out a deadly bombing at a NATO compound in Afghanistan’s capital early Tuesday.

Militants detonated a suicide car bomb at the compound’s gate and attacked guards with small-arms fire. Police say four guards and two civilians were killed, while all four suicide attackers also died. The dead civilians were truck drivers waiting to enter the area.

The attack followed a statement Monday from the Interior Ministry saying insurgents had killed nearly 300 Afghan local and national police last month. The ministry also says 180 civilians were killed, as were more than 750 militants. It says 300 militants were arrested.

Casualties among local forces are mounting now that NATO-led coalition troops have handed over responsibility for combat operations.

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APPHOTO KAB102: Smoke rises from a NATO compound following a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to the NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (2 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO KAB103: An injured man is assisted following a suicide bombing at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to the NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (2 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO KAB101: Afghan people assist an injured man after a bombing at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to the NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (2 Jul 2013)

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