British nationals safe after Kabul attack: Foreign Office

19th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

All British nationals affected by a "despicable" attack on the British Council cultural centre in Kabul that left eight people dead on Friday are now safe, the Foreign Office in London said.

"I condemn this despicable attack on the British Council building in Kabul earlier today," Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said.

"I can confirm that all British nationals affected are now safe. It is due to the presence of mind of the staff involved and our good security measures that no British nationals were hurt."

Afghan officials said at least eight people, mainly Afghan police, were killed in the wave of suicide attacks on the British Council on a public holiday marking Afghanistan's independence from London in 1919.

Burt added: "My thoughts are with those killed and injured and their families and friends, including locals working to protect the British Council building.

"It is a sad fact that once again an attack aimed at the international community has killed Afghans.

"This attack, against people working to help build a better future for Afghanistan, will not lessen the UK's resolve to support the Afghan people."

© 2011 AFP

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