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8 dead in firefight after Taliban attack on British compound

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Afghan policemen stand near the dead body of suicide attacker outside The British Council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Afghan policemen stand near the dead body of suicide attacker outside The British Council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An attack on a British compound in the Afghan capital by Taliban suicide bombers has left eight people dead.

Five Afghan policemen and a municipal worker were killed in an eight-hour firefight, as two English language teachers and their bodyguard hid in a locked panic room. The other two victims were a security guard and a new Zealand special forces soldier.

The attack targeted the British Council. It's an international charity that gives leadership training and does other work toward a post-conflict Afghanistan.

After a suicide bomber struck outside the compound and breached a wall, another attacker rushed in and blew himself up. The two female teachers and their bodyguard dashed to a safe room, as militants and security forces fought for more than eight hours with rocket-propelled grenades, explosives, machine guns and rifles.

The assault in an upscale neighborhood of Kabul came on the 92nd anniversary of Afghanistan's independence from Britain. The Taliban say it's a warning to outsiders.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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