Taliban storms British Council in Kabul

Attack follows transfer of security duties to Afghan forces

Taliban militants stormed the British Council in Kabul on Friday morning, leaving at least eight people dead, including one foreign soldier. The attack, which has been confirmed by the British Embassy, came on the anniversary of the day Afghanistan gained independence from Britain in 1919. The British Council is a government-funded British agency that promotes education and cultural initiatives in 110 countries. The raid comes shortly after international forces transferred security responsibility for several Afghan provinces, including the Kabul province, to the Afghan army and police in July. Terror attacks in the Afghan capital are rare, and this one, several experts suggested, seems aimed at undermining confidence that local Afghan forces can guarantee security.

Christian Science Monitor