19/08/2011 01:46 BST | Updated 18/10/2011 06:12 BST

Kabul Suicide Bomb Attack On British Council Compound

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Two suicide bombers have attacked a British compound in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least three people and leaving two others injured.

The attack was followed by sporadic gunfire exchanges several hours after the blasts.

The explosions started with one bomber detonating an explosives-laden car outside the British Council while another suicide bomber struck inside the compound, according to Afghan police.

Afghan security forces dispatched to the scene later said they were exchanging gunfire with at least one other insurgent who got into the compound. The stand-off continued four hours after the initial blasts.

British authorities would not say whether any of their personnel were inside the building at the time of the attack.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack. The twin blasts occurred in the early hours of Afghan Independence Day, marking Afghanistan's full independence from Britain in 1919. It was unclear whether the attack was related to the anniversary.

Kabul police official Farooq Asas said a suicide bomber first detonated a car laden with explosives outside the compound. At least one insurgent attacked the compound on foot, Mr Asas said.

Two Afghan policemen and a municipal worker were killed, he said. The explosions shattered glass windows a third of a mile from the site.

The walled compound of the British Council is located in an upscale residential area in west Kabul. It consists of two buildings, one is a two-story complex and the other is a single-story structure. The Council focuses on aiding foreign nations with education and building civil society.