Up to two foreigners killed or wounded in Kabul strike: official

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One or two foreigners have been killed or wounded in an attack targeting the British Council cultural body's offices in the Afghan capital Kabul Friday, an Afghan interior ministry spokesman said.

"Our initial information indicates that one or two foreign nationals have been killed or injured," Siddiq Siddiqui told reporters, without specifying their nationality.

British government offices in Kabul are often guarded by Nepalese ex-Gurkha soldiers now working for private security firms.

Some foreign forces have also been deployed to the scene to assist Afghan troops.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said he had "no reporting" about foreign troop casualties in the incident.

Meanwhile, an AFP reporter at the scene said that a helicopter had just landed close to the site of the attack, possibly to evacuate the wounded.

© 2011 AFP

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