Attack near UN guest house kills 3 in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province say a suicide car bomb has killed three guards at a checkpoint near a United Nations agency guest house and the office of an international non-governmental organization.

Faisal Khan, head of the Kandahar Media Office, said after the bomber set off the explosives near the International Relief Development organization's office early Monday, several other insurgents rushed through and seized control of an animal clinic.

That clinic is near a guest house for the United Nations Assistance Mission.

Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Razzaq said NATO and Afghan forces were exchanging fire with the insurgents.

The attack occurred in the provincial capital, Kandahar.

The Taliban claimed responsibility.