Afghan security forces have locked down the centre of Kabul after Taliban fighters launched a series of attacks on key government targets in the Afghan capital.

The first attack on Monday was reported close to the presidential palace as Hamid Karzai, the president, swore in several of his cabinet ministers inside.

The attacks triggered protracted gun battles and at least five people had died and some 38 more were wounded, according to the public health ministry. Al Jazeera

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