A Taliban attack against a British security contractor compound in Kabul left six dead and dozens wounded. The facility belongs to the G4S Risk Management Group and is located in the eastern part of the Afghan capital.
Luke Griffin, a British security contractor from Liverpool, has been identified as one of the dead. Griffin had previously served in the British military as an infantryman. He had seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other five were Afghan. All Taliban insurgents were killed during the attack.
According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, the attack began with the detonation of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) outside the compound. Thereafter, a group of Taliban entered the base and began shooting anyone on sight.
According to NEWSREP sources, the contractors were caught completely unaware. The compound was used as a sort of safe house for contractors conducting close-protection (CP) details for private and public customers. There was a static security force, led by a British contractor, that was responsible for perimeter defence. Survivors of the attack state that it was like Benghazi — referring to the 2012 attacks by terrorists against State Department and CIA facilities in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans.