KABUL Afghanistan November 30 2018
Ten private security contractors have been killed this week after an attack on their compound according to the Associated Press.
British security firm G4S, said on Thursday (Nov 29) that five of its employees were among at least 10 people killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on one of its compounds in Kabul.
Two Americans were also reportedly killed during the attack.
A massive crater marked the spot where the militants detonated a vehicle bomb outside the compound late Wednesday before trying to fight their way inside in the latest violence to rock the Afghan capital.
G4S, which provides security for British diplomats, said one Briton and four Afghans were killed in the attack.
Earlier, Afghan authorities had said at least 10 people had been killed in the attack, but it was not immediately clear if that toll included the G4S employees.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that five of our employees were killed and 32 were injured, five of them seriously,” managing director Charlie Burbridge said in a statement.
Authorities say employees from several other security contractors were also killed.
“Five attackers were involved, one detonated his vehicle at the gate, and four others were on foot and they entered the building,” Danish told AFP.
G4S, which according to its website provides security for British diplomats in Kabul, was also targeted in an attack in March, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives before reaching the entrance of the complex.
During 2018, numerous other security contractors, including US citizens have been killed during attacks.