British Embassy car hit in Kabul - 27 Nov 14

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Reuters reporting 1 British national dead, others wounded:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/27/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKCN0JB0IF20141127

By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people, including one Briton, the ministry of interior said.
The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.
Taliban insurgents, who have been gaining momentum since they were ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack saying it "targeted foreign invading forces".
The British embassy confirmed there were injuries among those in the vehicle, but did not comment on the reported death.
"I can confirm it was a British vehicle and there are some injuries. We are working with the Afghan authorities," said the spokesman, who asked not to be identified.
A Western security source said one of the British employees travelling in the vehicle had died in hospital, while a second Briton was wounded and in stable condition.
A Reuters witness saw at least one survivor being led away from the charred shell of the vehicle on foot by a member of the British security force.
The interior ministry initially reported the blast was caused by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, but later said attacker was travelling by car.
The Afghan capital has been hit by a wave of attacks in recent weeks and Thursday's bombing was at least the fourth since Monday, when two American soldiers were killed in a powerful blast close to the airport.
(Reporting by Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi. Writing by Kay Johnson.; Editing by Paul Tait and Nick Macfie)




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Yep it's a bit of a tw@t.

I'm in Kabul at the moment, it's been a while since my inbox was last this busy.

Lots of rumour and speculation but very little in the way of hard fact.

The worst photo of the incident was on Al-Jazeera - of a lad of around 12 with a blast-related facial injury. I hate seeing kids in this country - generally speaking they've got fûck all anyway, never mind those who get injured.
 
One of my old locally engaged staff on Kabul keeps messaging me.
Poor guy is frantic with worry.


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2 Embassy staff killed according to one of my sources.
 
Let's ask ourselves how this thread would be treated if it were potentially 2 servicemen killed...
 
Well the BBC obviously consider the accidental death of a foreign cricketer of greater importance judging by the front page of the BBC news website...

Rodney2q
 
Let's ask ourselves how this thread would be treated if it were potentially 2 servicemen killed...

Nothing 'out of order' is being stated here.

Some of us work in this city, if you are on ISAF sites, passage of information is sh1te, at best. A thread like this gives us (me certainly) an idea of what's going on.

I have my fingers in many pies, but accurate 'gen can still be hard to come by. No names have been named. Just enough information has been provided to provide some peace of mind to those directly unaffected.
 
Let's ask ourselves how this thread would be treated if it were potentially 2 servicemen killed...
There are different flavours of Embassy staff. If there is an absence of reporting it may be that the department involved is not in the habit of giving the media press releases in the same way as the MOD. Journalists only report news that they are given in many cases.
 
Brit been named yet ? I know someone out there.

According to the Foreign Secretary's press release, the Brit is a member of the security team, so G4S employee - I'd think.
 
The guy I know is paid by the xxxxxxxxxxx so I doubt its him.
 
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RIP. But OpSec/PerSec/NoK paramount over speculation.
 

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Well the BBC obviously consider the accidental death of a foreign cricketer of greater importance judging by the front page of the BBC news website...

Rodney2q

Yeah...and I don't recall the BBC telling us that two US perss had been killed in Kabul two days ago either.....probably an interview with Salmond or Sturgeon got in the way...

GBP will be under the impression that there are no British Service personnel in AFG by Christmas......
 
Military sources aside, if one looks at the open source reporting it's clear there is about one serious incident a week in Kabul, be it against ANSF, ISAF or incidental civilians.

If you look on sites like: www.tolonews.com - it's actually around one serious incident every 2-3 days!
 

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