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1048

THE WEEKLY WORLD EDITION OF The Daily Telegraph AND The Sunday Telegraph

August 24 - 30 2011 No. 1048

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By Ben Farmer in Kabul TWO female teachers survived a Taliban attack on the British Council in Kabul last Friday by spending five hours hiding inside a panic room as a firefight raged outside.

The dawn assault by insurgents was timed to mark the anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence from Britain in 1919. The terrorists killed a New Zealand SAS soldier and up to 10 Afghan guards, policemen and passers-by. The two unnamed teachers, one British and one South African, were asleep when a car bomb detonated at 5.40am. They both fled with their British bodyguard to a panic room.

All were unharmed in the attack, but the women, who worked for the British Council, were said to be traumatised and shaken.

The bomb allowed five attackers, wearing suicide vests and carrying assault rifles, heavy machine guns and grenades to breach the compound’s defence walls. Once inside, at least one militant took up a defensive position in a basement, Afghan police said, and defied security forces for hours.

Explosions and heavy gunfire erupted from the scene for most of the day.

Afghan police and commandos backed by SAS troopers from New Zealand surrounded the compound in a northern suburb of the city and took nine-and-a-half hours to dislodge and kill the final attacker. A New Zealand SAS soldier was killed during the fighting.

Three Afghan guards were also killed and six others, including three Gurkhas and three Afghans, were injured, according to G4S Secure Solutions.

The attack on the British Council in the Karte Parwan

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