Five employees of the British security company G4S were killed and dozens injured when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted its compound in the Afghan capital, the company said.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that five of our employees were killed and 32 were injured, five of them seriously, in an unprovoked, criminal attack on one of our compounds in Kabul on 28 November 2018,” G4S Risk Management Group Managing Director Charlie Burbridge said in a Thursday, November 29 statement.
Four of the employees were Afghan nationals and one was a British citizen, the company said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at Camp Anjoman, which houses G4S. Gunmen stormed the compound after a car bomb was detonated outside, an Afghan interior ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.
It was unclear whether the attack targeted civilians.
Camp Anjoman is a purpose-built facility with NATO-standard armory, blast walls and underground bunkers, according to security company Ipsotek, which provides video surveillance services at the base.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the British Embassy, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British and Afghan armed forces, other NATO forces and other private security companies who have all assisted us as we ensure our operations in Kabul are secure and continue safely,” Burbridge said.
“We are committed to our security role in support of the people of Afghanistan, and we are determined that incidents such as this will not prevent the vital work that the international community conducts from continuing.”
One of the largest security companies in the world, G4S provides security for the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Kabul.