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Friday
Aug192011

British Council Building Comes under Attack in Afghanistan

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- At least three people are dead and two others wounded after suicide bombers attacked a British compound in Kabul, Afghanistan Friday.

The attack began with a suicide car bombing and continued for more than five hours as at least four suicide bombers fought with Afghan police and U.S. and British forces from inside the heavily fortified British Council building.  The siege came in three waves, and workers reportedly hid inside a safe room during the attack.  At one point, British troops brought in a helicopter to evacuate their wounded.

According to officials, two Afghan policemen and a civilian worker were killed.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place on the day that Afghans were celebrating their 92-year independence from Britain.

Friday's bombing follows Taliban attacks earlier this week that left more then two dozen people dead in western and eastern Afghanistan.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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