Rockets Fired at U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

UPDATE: Taliban has claimed responsibility for attack

(NECN/AP: Kabul, Afghanistan) - The Taliban has taken responsibility for a violent attack on the U.S. Embassy Tuesday.

Insurgents were firing rockets at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Police official Mohammed Zahir said a large group of gunmen are firing from positions in a tall office building that is under construction near the U.S. embassy.

Heavy blasts and gunfire were heard Tuesday throughout the Wazir Akbar Khan area, which is home to the American and other embassies.

The staff at the embassy was ordered to take cover in hardened structures as gunfire and explosions rocked the area in the heart of the Afghan capital, according to spokeswoman Kerri Hannan.

"There are no casualties at this time among embassy personnel." Hannan said.

Officials still say there have been no deaths of injuries, but witnesses say there have been at least four Afghan deaths.

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