Kabul attackers take over a building near airport

Militants launched a suicide attack near Kabul airport at about 4:30 am on Monday, taking over a building which security forces then attempted to storm, police in the Afghan capital said.

"An explosion... occurred after which a group of suicide attackers entered a building in Qasaba road, west of Kabul airport, and started sporadic shooting," Hashmat Stanikzai, Kabul's police chief, said in a statement.

"Now the area is sealed off by the security forces and a stand-off between security forces and the attackers is ongoing."