Seven killed in Kabul attack (Third Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 7:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, Aug 19 (IANS) Seven people, including two foreign nationals, were killed and five others were injured Friday in bomb and gun attacks at the British Council in Kabul as the country celebrated its 92nd Independence Day.

Three policemen were among those killed in the attack around 5.30 a.m., an official said requesting anonymity. A police officer and four foreign nationals were injured.

The security forces have cordoned off the area and a search was on for any possible insurgents hiding in the compound.

Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai told Xinhua that the target of the attack was the British Council in Kartai Parwan area that helps Afghans to learn the English language.

Afghanistan celebrates its Independence Day on Aug 19 to commemorate the treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919 that granted her independence from Britain.

Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, purported spokesman of the Taliban, told the media on phone that his group has carried out the attack.

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