At the late hours of November 28, a booby trapped car exploded near the headquarters of the British security company G4S in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Following the explosion, heavy clashes broke out between Afghan security forces and gunmen, according to local sources.
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, confirmed to the Reuters news agency that several gunmen stormed the G4S headquarters after the car explosion. Meanwhile, G4S said in an official press release that an “incident” took place at its headquarters in Kabul.
“We can confirm that there has been an incident at one of our locations in Kabul. The situation is ongoing and we are coordinating with Afghan authorities to bring it to a conclusion,” G4S said in its press release.
An official from the public health ministry told Reuters that at least 10 people were killed and 19 others were wounded in the attack. The official didn’t clarify if any of the casualties were personnel of Afghan security forces or G4S.
Later, Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it was a part of its of its spring offensive, codenamed “Operation al-Khandagh”, which was launched on April 25 in response to Washington’s decision to increase the US military presence in Afghanistan.
“The aforesaid military unit [G4S base] located in the center of Kabul city is mainly used to orchestrate operations and attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the southern part of the country,” the Taliban claimed in an official statement published by its news agency, Voice of Jihad.
The attack is another example of the deteriorating security situation in Kabul, which is still witnessing attacks by the Taliban and ISIS on a constant basis. The Afghan government and the NATO seem to be unable toimprove the security situation in the capital.