KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police say two Afghan guards are dead in what appears to be a thwarted attempt by two other men wearing suicide vests to attack a U.S. base in the capital, Kabul.
The blast reverberated around Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood and an alarm started going off at the nearby U.S. Embassy, warning staff to take cover. The neighborhood also is home to many high-ranking Afghan officials, international organizations and the headquarters of the international military coalition.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The attack came as foreign and Afghan forces tightened security around the capital ahead of the holy day of Ashoura on Saturday, when Shiite Muslims commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.
Wednesday's bombers were on foot when spotted by Afghan security guards as they approached Camp Eggers. Police say guards opened fire and the attackers detonated their vests.