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UK security firm G4S says five employees killed in Kabul attack

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British security firm G4S said on Thursday that five of its employees were killed and 32 injured on Wednesday in an attack on one of its compounds in Kabul claimed by the Taliban.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that five of our employees were killed and 32 were injured, five of them seriously, in an unprovoked, criminal attack on one of our compounds in Kabul,” managing director Charlie Burbridge said in a statement.

On Wednesday a a health ministry spokesman said that at least 10 people were killed and 19 were wounded in the attack which targeted a compound of the British security group G4S in the Afghan capital Kabul.

An interior ministry official said an unknown number of gunmen had entered the compound after a car bomb exploded near the facility and were battling security forces.

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. Two civilians were killed in that attack.

The explosion came only hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva of plans to seek a peace agreement with the Taliban.