Bri­ton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits em­bassy ve­hi­cle

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KABUL: A sui­cide bomber rammed his ex­plo­sives-packed car into a Bri­tish em­bassy ve­hi­cle in Kabul on Thurs­day, killing one Bri­ton and five Afghans in the lat­est at­tack to high­light frag­ile se­cu­rity as NATO troops with­draw.

A Bri­tish se­cu­rity con­trac­tor and an Afghan em­ployee of the em­bassy died in the blast, which hit their ve­hi­cle on a stretch of road no­to­ri­ous for sui­cide at­tacks.

At least four Afghan by­standers were also killed, and more than 30 oth­ers were in­jured.

Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond con­demned the "sense­less and cow­ardly" at­tack.

"It re­minds us once again of the risks our per­son­nel take ev­ery day to keep try­ing to help Afghans build a bet­ter fu­ture -- and by help­ing them do so, pro­tect our own se­cu­rity and own in­ter­ests," he told a press con­fer­ence in Rome.

"We highly value their work, and we are ex­tremely grate­ful to them."

A sec­ond Bri­tish con­trac­tor with se­cu­rity firm G4S was in­jured in the bomb­ing, which threw the em­bassy's 4x4 ve­hi­cle onto its side.

The roof was blown off and car parts scat­tered across the Jalal­abad road, a main route where many for­ti­fied for­eign com­pounds and mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties are lo­cated.-Reuters

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