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G4S compound attack in Kabul highlights peace struggle

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G4S compound attack in Kabul highlights peace struggle

Gunmen attacked a British security contractors' compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday killing at least 10 people and wounding 19 only hours after President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans for peace in Afghanistan.

Francesca Lynaugh reports

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G4S compound attack in Kabul highlights peace struggle

An attack on a British security firm's compound in Kabul has killed at 10 people and injured 19.

That only hours after President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans for peace in Afghanistan at a U.N.

Conference in Geneva.

A car bomb exploded outside the G4S facility on Wednesday (November 29).

Shortly after, gunmen stormed in.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

(SOUNDBITE) (DARI) FATHER OF WOUNDED CHILDREN, HAFIZULLAH, SAYING: "There was a bang and right after that, all the windows and the ceiling collapsed over the children.

All of the doors were shattered." G4S, one the world's largest security groups, provides guards for the area around the British embassy in the capital.

But the complex attack on such a well-protected site underlines ongoing instability in the country and shows just how insecure Kabul remains - despite efforts by the U.S. and the Afghan government to open peace talks with the Taliban to end more than 17 years of war.

The group says it was retaliating for casualties caused by security forces in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.

Efforts to open talks with the insurgents have picked up recently.

Thanks to the appointment of U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad earlier this year.

But the violence that kills thousands every year has continued.

President Ghani plans to appoint a team to seek a peace deal, which he said would take at least five years to implement.

But the Taliban have so far refused to deal directly with the Kabul government.




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