Najib Danish, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, told CNN a suicide bomber blew up the gates at about 11:30 a.m.

Three gunmen entered the embassy’s grounds and began firing.

Afghan residents run at the site of a suicide blast near Iraq's embassy in Kabul on July 31.

Danish said Afghan special forces were called in to engage the attackers, killing all of them after a battle lasting more than four hours.

Iraqi diplomats were taken to a safe place, Danish said, and none of them were injured. The only injury was a member of Afghan’s police force.

Monday’s gunbattle is just the latest attack in Kabul in recent months, after two deadly bombings in May and July left almost 200 people dead.

Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of a suicide blast in Kabul on July 31.
In May, a blast in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter killed at least 150 people, tearing through rush-hour traffic and injuring hundreds of people, including children. Two months later, in July, at least 31 people were left dead after a car bombing claimed by the Taliban.

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