Taliban attack British Council compound in Kabal

From BBC, 19th August

Gunmen have stormed the British Council office in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 12 people and taking over the compound for hours.

A suicide car bomb destroyed the compound wall and a number of heavily armed men forced their way inside.

After several hours of gunfire and blasts, the UK’s ambassador in Kabul said all the gunmen had been killed.

The Taliban said the attack marked the anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence from the UK in 1919.

From the Guardian, 19th August

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman reached by phone, said the target was both the British Council and a guesthouse that he claimed, it would appear incorrectly, was located in the same compound.

“We attacked the buildings because we want to remind the British that we won our independence from them before and we will do it again,” he said.

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