Attack on British Council in Kabul kills 10

August 19, 2011 2:12:34 AM PDT
A police official and eyewitnesses say the death toll from twin suicide attacks on a British compound in Kabul and an ensuing gunbattle between insurgents and security troops has climbed to at least 10 people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says at least two policemen were also wounded in the attack, which came as Afghans mark Independence Day from Britain in 1919.

Sediqqi says one suicide bomber first detonated a car laden with explosives outside the British Council in the western part of Kabul on Friday morning.

A second bomber penetrated inside the complex and set off an explosives vest. The blasts set off a five-hour-long gunbattle between Afghan security forces and an unknown number of insurgents inside the compound.