Taliban attacks on UK, UN offices kill 3

2011-08-19 07:13

Kabul - Taliban bombers killed two Afghan policemen and a civilian when they attacked offices belonging to the British Council and the UN in the centre of the Afghan capital on Friday, police said.

One assailant was still inside the British Council building fighting against Afghan security forces, said Mohammad Zahir, head of criminal investigations at Kabul police. He added that six more people were wounded in the attacks.

A third "very loud explosion" was heard in the vicinity near a high school, Kabul Police spokesperson Hashmatullah Stanikzai said, more than two hours after the first explosion was felt.

The Nato-led force in Afghanistan and the British embassy in Kabul confirmed there had been two explosions near the British Council, which is a state-funded agency running mainly cultural programmes. It is not part of the main British embassy in the diplomatic area of Kabul.

"Three people were killed and six wounded. I can't say at present where exactly they were killed," said Zahir.


Strewn wooden and metal debris lay on the street of the British Council, where Afghan forces and foreign troops rushed to secure the area, Reuters TV showed.

Afghan police detectives said a gunfight was also ongoing between security forces and assailants near the UN compound, which is located not far from the British Council.

"We targeted the British Council and the UN," said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid by telephone from an undisclosed location, declining to say how many bombers the Islamist group had sent.

The attack in the centre of Kabul comes a month after Nato handed over security responsibilities to the Afghans in several areas across the country, as part of a gradual transition process to be completed by the end of 2014.

Afghan forces have effectively been responsible for the city of Kabul since 2008 when Nato handed over security control.

There is growing unease in the US and Europe about the costly and increasingly violent war that has dragged on for 10 years, causing US lawmakers to question whether bringing home all combat troops by 2014 is fast enough.

There was no immediate comment from the UN on the latest attacks.

  • Beam me up - 2011-08-19 07:29

    Speaker rejects 'Zuma Inc' debate I have to post this here as News24 has blocked all comments for the above topic: News24 are you guys really journalist or as corrupt as the government? By blocking comments you are employing CENSORSHIP therefore you guys are not true advocates of free speech!

      russki_za - 2011-08-19 07:44

      Being able to comment on articles is a privilege, not a right. If you feel very strongly about it, you can write an letter on "Zuma Inc". I prefer it disabled than the usual racial mudslinging.

      russki_za - 2011-08-19 07:44

      "a", not "an".

      McDaNife - 2011-08-19 08:10

      Believe me most of my comments are blocked. I wonder whats the purpose of this comment site when you are not able to say what comes from your heart.

      Monsterz - 2011-08-19 08:31

      Agree with beam me up....let the comments flow, the sample will surely indicate that zuma is as corrupt as a winter night is long !!

      sganja - 2011-08-19 08:36

      Yes News 24 is racist....

      deleagagu - 2011-08-19 10:17

      I totally agree with JJ. All the article comments on this site ends up being a platform for racial onslaught - very off putting.

      JMan - 2011-08-19 10:25

      @ sganja. So are you. Pot...kettle......

  • Monsterz - 2011-08-19 08:29

    Actually getting sick and tired of continually hearing whats going down in Afghanistan. Why does this always dominate the news. Maybe its important to Afghanistan and their internal problems. # people get killed, and the whole world has to know. 16 passengers die in a taxi accident in SA and no one really gives a stuff. ENOUGH WITH AFGHANISTAN NOW PLEASE>

      sganja - 2011-08-19 08:36

      Yes Lets focus on South Africa.

      Majik - 2011-08-19 16:08

      Try the South African Section of the news, I've linked it for you.

  • Fedup - 2011-08-19 08:31

    As soon as you mention racist they delete your comments, but people like Holysnake can say what they want, watch I'll give them 20 minutes and this will probably be gone because I mentioned a name.

      sganja - 2011-08-19 08:35

      Me too they always delete my comments...I don't know why?

      Majik - 2011-08-19 16:09

      I heard some ANC members own shares in news24.

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