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Suicide attack hit British Council in Afghanistan

Latest News / Afghanistan – Three people were killed reportedly due to suicide blast in British cultural centre in Kabul on Friday, Police confirmed that first twin blast by suicide attack on British Council in Kabul, AFP Reported.


Suicide attack hit British Council in AfghanistanFour blasts, claimed by the Taliban, struck the British Council offices in Kabul, while an AFP reporter at the scene reported heavy gunfire ongoing inside the compound.


British Council is a London official organization part-funded by London which promotes cultural relations in offices across world.


Investigation officials told AFP and confirmed that that at least three were killed and also six were injured due to deadly attack. No one foreigners were killed by blast, he added.


The British embassy confirmed reports of an attack against the British Council compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.


British Embassy contact with the authorities of Afghanistan, but still they not give any information of the casualties.


AFP reporter at the sight saw two large ISAF armored vehicles incoming as gunfire increase.


An ISAF spokesman, Captain Justin Brockhoff, said the force had sent a “limited number” of troops to the scene.


“We have a very small role to the Afghan-led response,” he said. Afghan security forces are in overall control of security in Kabul.


The AFP reporter later heard a third, loud explosion followed by a fourth quieter one amid ongoing gunfire.


Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, contacted by AFP, claimed the militant group leading a 10-year rebellion in Afghanistan was answerable for the attack, which he said was to mark the nation’s Independence Day.


He said the attackers’ target was the British Council and a United Nations guest house. But a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Dan McNorton, rejected any of its sites was involved.


“Taliban mujahideen stormed these two compounds and heavy fighting is going on with the Afghan police,” Mujahid said.


“Today is our independence day from Britain. They acknowledged our independence 92 years ago — today’s attack was marking that day.


“Now the British have invaded our country again and they will recognize our independence day again.”


The incident was thought to have started at around 5:45 am (0115 GMT) when an AFP reporter heard two explosions within about 10 minutes of each other.


At the scene was the burning wreckage of a car that had rammed into the wall of the British Council compound and exploded. There were ambulances on hand and helicopters overhead.

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