| GEO World|
| Five killed in Taliban US aid group attack in Afghanistan|
| Updated at: 1013 PST, Friday, July 02, 2010|
KUNDUZ: Suspected Taliban militants stormed the compound of a US aid organisation in Afghanistan Friday, killing five people including at least one foreigner, a senior Afghan official said.
At least four suicide bombers attacked the premises of Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) in Kunduz city, two of whom detonated explosive vests, Mohammad Omar, the governor of northern Kunduz province, told foreign news agency.
"The first suicide attacker detonated at the entrance of the DAI compound, the second detonated inside the premises, killing one foreign national," he said, adding that one security guard and one policeman were also killed.
Two of the suicide attackers were killed by security forces before they were able to detonate their explosives, he said, while two militants were "still resisting" from inside the compound. The nationality of the foreign casualty was not immediately clear.
A large number of police had surrounded the compound, and gunshots could be heard from inside the compound.
A police officer said "at least three armed Taliban have entered the office," but declined to comment on casualties. Police said they believed that some guards on the gate may have been killed as the militants entered the compound.
Omar said: "The initial information we have is that 20 locals and policemen are wounded." The siege began at about 5:30am (0100 GMT). It was not known how many people were inside the compound.