19 Aug '11, 7am

8 killed in suicide bomb, gun attacks on British cultural centre in Kabul - AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Eight people were killed as a wave of suicide explosions rocked a British cultural centre in Kabul on Friday, a public holiday marking Afghanistan's independence from Britain in 1919. Five blasts, claimed by the Taleban, struck the British Council offices in Kabul amid bursts of heavy gunfire that began in the early morning and were ongoing four hours later. A fresh explosion hit the area at 10.00am (5.30am GMT, 1.30pm Singapore time). The British Council is an official organisation part-funded by London that promotes cultural relations in offices around the world. Police said at least the first two blasts were the work of suicide bombers. 'Eight people, mostly police, are killed and 10 others injured,' said interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui. 'There's one person, one of the attackers who is still alive and resisting. The area has not yet been cleare...

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