In Afghan Capital, Gunmen Attacks UK Contractors’ Compound

In Kabul, a British security contractors’ compound was attacked by some gunmen on Wednesday. This incident killed 10 people and left 19 people injured, hours after President Ashraf Ghani sketched out plans for maintaining peace in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed accountability for the assault after a car bomb exploded outside the facility of the G4S security group on the main road.
Najib Danish, an Interior Ministry spokesperson, stated many gunmen entered the G4S compound following the car bomb explosion. The attack on a well-protected site accentuates how vulnerable Kabul remains in spite of attempts by the United States and the Afghan government to open peace discussion with the Taliban and bring an end to 17 years of war.
Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib stated such incidents to be regrettable and it strengthens their determination for peace. He made this comment on the sidelines of a UN-sponsored meeting in Geneva, where Ghani reiterated calls for peace with the Taliban forces.
The main spokesman of the revolutionary group, Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the attack had created heavy casualties and had been instigated in vengeance for casualties brought by security forces in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.
G4S, the world’s biggest security groups, is one among a number of foreign security contractors functioning in Afghanistan and offers guards for the area around the British embassy. A statement issued by the G4S affirmed the incident and as the situation is continuing, the company is assisting with the Afghan authorities in order to bring an end to the situation.
An official from the public health ministry stated that at least 10 bodies as well the 19 injured which includes children have been taken to a city hospital. However, the accurate figure about the casualties couldn’t be provided as the battle was continuing.
Efforts have been made to start discussions with the rebels, since the appointment of US Special Peace Envoy; however, ongoing violence kills thousands every year.

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