Kabul, Afghanistan - An attack in which the Taliban claimed to have infiltrated key government sites in central Kabul killed five people on Monday morning, hospital officials said. Thirty-eight other people were injured, said Dr. Kabir Amiri, head of Kabul hospitals. Afghan security forces were among the casualties, he added, without clarifying.
At least two explosions and gunfire shook central Kabul about 9:20 a.m. Monday, with the Taliban saying it was conducting a militant operation.
The attack started as 14 members of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet were to be sworn in, said Parliament member Fawzia Koofi.
About 20 Taliban insurgents entered the presidential palace; the ministries of finance, mines and justice; and the Serena Hotel, said spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. The militants claimed responsibility for at least one explosion.
NATO-led forces said "several small explosions" and gunfire were reported near the Feroshgah e Afghan Shopping Center and the Serena Hotel, and later added that "numerous" suicide bombers had attacked government buildings close to the presidential palace and the Ministry of Justice.
At least two insurgents had been killed at the shopping center, NATO-led forces said in a news release, which also said that Afghan national police had secured all roads in the area. A separate news release condemned the attack, which NATO-led forces said took place amid many civilians.
The Taliban claimed that they killed 31 officials and injured 31 people. Their account could not be immediately independently verified.
Five Taliban militants had been killed and 13 had returned to their safe houses, the Taliban's Mujahid said, adding that two were still fighting.
That conflicted with information from Afghan officials. Security forces had restored order by Monday afternoon, said Zmaray Bashari, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
Monday's assault followed weekend violence that killed at least three international troops and 14 militants in Afghanistan, authorities said.
CNN's Dan Rivers and Atia Abawi contributed to this report.