Nightly News   |  June 25, 2013

Presidential palace attacked in Kabul

Attackers wearing government uniforms and carrying fake IDs launched a 40-minute firefight killing at least three guards. Eight of the attackers died in the assault. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> in afghanistan today, a brazen and deadly assault in one of the most fortified parts of that country against the presidential palace and nearby cia building in kabul. attackers wearing government uniforms, carrying fake i.d.'s got of the past two checkpoints, launched a 40 minute firefight. among those scrambling to get away, children at their nearby school. at least three afghan guards and eight attackers were killed. journalists at the palace, including duncan golestani were found in the middle of it.

>> there were a number of explosions. just outside the presidential palace , there are roadblocks we can't move.

>> we're happy to report duncan and our nbc crew got out safely, the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but sources tell us it was the work of the militant hakani net work, perhaps trying to disrupt planned peace talks with the taliban.