Nineteen more people were wounded in the attack, which started when a car bomb exploded outside a facility used by the security group. The Afghan interior ministry said “a number of gunmen” entered the G4S entered the G4S site after the bomb went off. The exact number of casualties is not yet known as security forces continued to clear the area of insurgents.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

G4S is one of a number of foreign security contractors operating in Afghanistan and provides guards for the area around the British embassy.

A statement from the group said: “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.”

The attack came just hours after President Ashraf Ghani outlined plans for peace in Afghanistan.

This is a breaking story, more to follow…

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