Afghan security rescues Red Cross staff

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Afghan official says security forces have rescued seven foreigners working for the International Red Cross after an hour-long gun battle with insurgents at a guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Deputy provincial police chief Masoum Khan Hashimi says the three women and four men are now safe. He says one of the men was lightly wounded.

He says an Afghan security guard was killed after one of the militants detonated a suicide vest at building’s gate at the beginning of Wednesday’s attack.

He says security forces they have killed at least two or three insurgents who made it inside the guest house. The security forces are searching surrounding buildings for any surviving attackers.

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