Guards outside the Afghan defence ministry
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Soldiers killed in Afghanistan ministry attack

Two soldiers have been killed and seven people hurt after a man in army uniform opened fire inside the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul, officials have said.

The attacker, who was also wearing an explosive vest, reached the second floor, where the defence minister and the army chief of staff have offices.

He managed to shoot aides to the minister and the chief-of-staff before being killed by bodyguards.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says this is first time a gunman has got so close to an Afghan minister's office.