At least 10 people have been killed and nearly 20 others wounded in a bomb attack on a British security company’s compound in the Afghan capital Kabul.
The British company and police both said the blast was a car bomb targeting the compound, which houses G4S, a private British security company, in east Kabul. G4S provides security for the UK Foreign Office in Kabul.
“We can confirm that there has been an incident at one of our locations in Kabul. The situation is ongoing and we are coordinating with the Afghan authorities to bring it to a conclusion,” G4S tweeted from its official account.
An Afghan Interior Ministry official said an unknown number of gunmen had entered the compound after the bomb exploded near the facility and were battling security forces. Earlier, sources said the blast was followed by gunfire.
A Health Ministry spokesman confirmed the casualties.
The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the deadly assault.
Wednesday’s assault on G4S is the second high-profile attack claimed by the Taliban on US-led forces in as many days. On Tuesday, three US soldiers were killed in a blast near Ghazni city in central Afghanistan that was claimed by the militant group.
Last week, more than 50 people were killed and over 80 wounded after a huge explosion ripped through a building in Afghanistan’s capital, in which a large crowd of people, including religious scholars, were marking the birthday anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).