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Green Arrow PhOtOs- Bomb Hits UK Diplomats - Six Dead

Briton Among Five Dead in Suicide Attack on UK Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Afghan interior ministry says British citizen was killed when a bomber riding a motorcycle attacked a vehicle belonging to British embassy in Afghanistan


The Guardian UK, 27 Nov 2014





The wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in Kabul. Photograph: OMAR SOBHANI/REUTERS



Five people including one British citizen were killed on Thursday in a suicide attack on a British diplomatic convoy in Kabul that left diplomatic staff and dozens of bystanders injured.



The Afghan interior ministry said in a statement that the dead included four Afghans and one British citizen when a bomber attacked on the Jalalabad Road in east of the Afghan capital, destroying three vehicles. The area was reported to be jammed with traffic.

Initial reports suggested the bomber was on a motorcycle but eyewitnesses also said a Toyota Corolla hit the convoy.

The British embassy in the Afghan capital has confirmed that at least one of their vehicles had been attacked and four people had been hurt.
A spokesman for the British embassy said:

“A British embassy vehicle was attacked today. There have been some injuries.
“We are working with the relevant Afghan authorities.”

The bombing happen around 10.30am local time.
According to one report, a translator was among the dead.




A wounded Afghan receives assistance at the scene of the suicide attack. Photograph: SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images


According to the local Pajhwok news agency, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series in recent days which have killed dozens and wounded hundreds.




Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul. Photograph: OMAR SOBHANI/REUTERS



A senior official at the British Foreign Office said it was still trying to establish the full facts following the “shocking news” of the attack. Simon Fraser, the FCO’s permanent under-secretary, tweeted that his “thoughts are with all our people”

The bombing is the latest in a wave of attacks to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year after 13 years of war against the Islamist Taliban and their allies. A smaller support mission will remain.

The threat level in Kabul has been higher than usual over the past weeks. Intelligence officials have warned against an increased kidnapping threat against foreigners in Kabul and some eastern provinces.
The attack underlines the challenge facing the new president, former World Bank technocrat Ashraf Ghani, in tackling an insurgency that has flared up over the past months.

Earlier this week, two explosions wounded seven army officers after a bomb attack on their bus, while a grenade blast in the diplomatic quarter claimed by the Taliban caused no casualties but led to the arrest of a suspect, officials said.

Two US soldiers were also reported to have been killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday.

On Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan, killing more than 50 people.
The variety in targets of that attacks has led experts to believe that different factions are behind them.

The Taliban have long sought to use violence in Kabul itself to undermine confidence in the Afghan government and its foreign supporters, as well as to sap backing for continued involvement in the country in the west.
While Afghanistan’s military and police remain in control of all 34 provincial capitals, violence has risen in the last year and the rate of casualties suffered by local security forces has been described by the US military as unsustainable.

As foreign troops withdraw, Taliban militants have intensified assaults on government troops, particularly in provinces in the east and south.
Around 4,600 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed already in 2014, more than 6% higher than the same period of 2013.

This year has also been one of the bloodiest for Afghan civilians, according to the UN, which recorded nearly 5,000 deaths and injuries of civilians in the first half of the year.

Barack Obama recently issued new orders to increase slightly the number of troops who will stay in Afghanistan and to allow them a more significant combat role than previously envisaged.


UPDATE

Kabul Suicide Attack on UK Diplomats Leaves Six Dead

Briton among casualties of Taliban attack on British embassy vehicle between Jalalabad and Kabul






The attack took place on the key Jalalabad to Kabul highway connecting foreign compounds outside the capital with downtown Kabul.
Photograph: Mohammad Daud/ Mohammad Daud/Demotix/Corbis



At least six people including a British citizen were killed when the Taliban launched a devastating suicide attack on a British diplomatic convoy on the outskirts of Kabul.


The convoy was travelling on the road between Jalalabad and Kabul – about three miles (4km) east of the heavily fortified British embassy – when a suicide bomber struck. The bomber’s Toyota Corolla vehicle exploded – hurling a British embassy SUV across the road and blowing off its roof. Debris was flung across a packed area including a crowded mosque.


UK Confirms One of its Nationals Killed in Afghan Suicide Bomb


LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Britain on Thursday said that one British national was among the five people killed in a suicide bomb attack on an embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

"I am deeply saddened to confirm that a British national civilian security team member and an Afghan national working for the embassy were killed in the incident," Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, adding that another Briton had been injured. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn)


Quote:
Both the dead security guard and his injured colleague were employed by G4S.

The company’s statement in full says:
At 10.20am local time this morning in Kabul a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated targeting a British Embassy vehicle moving through the city.

A local member of the embassy staff and an expatriate G4S security team member were both killed in the explosion. A second British member of the G4S security team was injured.
An investigation into the incident is under way and therefore we are unable to comment further at this time.

Next of kin have been informed and we will continue to provide them with support. Our thoughts and most heartfelt condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of those involved in this tragic incident.
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