Kabul: Eight dead as blasts hit British Council offices

Eight people have died after two large explosions hit the British Council building in the Afghan capital Kabul.
The suicide bombings, claimed by the Taliban, struck the offices on a public holiday marking Afghanistan’s independence from Britain in 1919.

A firefight between one militant inside the building and Afghan police on the outside was ongoing. The International Security Assistance Force was also on the scene.

Officials said eight people had died in the attack, but their nationalities have not been released.

Siddiq Siddiqui, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, said: “Eight people, mostly police, are killed and 10 others injured.

“There’s one person, one of the attackers who is still alive and resisting. The area has not yet been cleared.”