Security forces killed three gunmen who stormed a bank building in central Kabul early on Wednesday and were searching for any more attackers who may be inside, police said, blaming the raid on the Taliban.
"We have killed three of the attackers inside the bank," Kabul criminal investigation police chief Sayed Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada told AFP. "They were Taliban," he said.
The raid, claimed by the Taliban, came with the Afghan capital under tight security ahead of presidential and provincial council elections on Thursday.
A gun battle at the several-storey building had ceased but ambulances and security forces were still on site, an AFP reporter said.
Sayedzada said it was not clear how many men had entered the building and police were searching for any remaining attackers.
The bank occupies the ground floor but the upper storeys are empty.
The attack raised tensions ahead of Thursday's vote and came after a Taliban suicide bombing Tuesday that killed 10 people, including a NATO soldier and two Afghan UN staff.Listen to podcast