Monday, June 24 2013, 10:23 PM MDT
Attackers Storm Presidential Palace in Afghanistan
By Masoud Popalzai
(CNN) A group of attackers stormed the entrance to the presidential palace in Kabul early Tuesday, a staffer inside told CNN.
The staffer reported explosions and gunfire.
The palace is located in the Shash Darak district of Kabul, which is near the U.S. embassy and ISAF headquarters.
"We're monitoring the situation right now," said Maj. Will Griffin, an ISAF spokesman. "We've heard reports of explosions and small arms fire. We're taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of ISAF personnel and ISAF partners."
A pair of tweets from the official ISAF media account shows the seriousness of the situation.
"CAMP LOCKDOWN at ISAF HQ: SHELTER IN PLACE," one post said. The other read: "DUCK and COVER alarmed at @USEmbassyKabul."
Coming a week after the international coalition handed over security, the attack is an early test of Afghan forces and their ability to maintain order.