The office of the British Council here in Kabul was attacked today by a wave of suicide bombers.
First explosion rocked Kabul at around 05:30 am. Followed by further explosions caused by Frag Grenades, RPGs, and suicide attackers’ explosions.
There were many explosions, weak and strong, throughout the day.
The New Zealand forces were assisting Afghans to tackle the attack.
The New Zealand forces lost one SAS (Special Air Service) soldier.
The soldiers, believed to have been wounded at that time — were evacuated with UH60 MedEvac helicopters that landed right on the crossroad, 200 or 300 meters from the scene of an ongoing combat.
Ten people died eventually — 2 foreigners (one believed to be the New Zealand SAS soldier) and 8 others, mostly Afghan uniformed policemen.
Sixteen others, mostly Afghan forces were wounded.
Taliban took responsibility of the attack saying it was for the independence day.
In a statement, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said:
“More than 40 foreigners and a high number of Afghan (troops) were murdered and wounded in an attack on the British center by our Fidayees (those volunteering for death)”.
The British Ambassador in Afghanistan, said all British citizen in the Embassy are fine — but shaken.
An expat photojournalist was punched, then slapped by an armed Afghan interpreter of the New Zealand forces at the scene.