Kabul (Agencies): At least 10 people were killed after a massive blast outside a British security company´s compound in Kabul late Wednesday, officials said.
The interior ministry and police both said the blast had been a car bomb targeting a compound which houses G4S, a private British security company, in east Kabul.
"We can confirm that there has been an incident at one of our locations in Kabul. The situation is ongoing and we are coordinating with the Afghan authorities to bring it to a conclusion," a G4S spokesman said.
Afghan authorities also said they were conducting a clearing operation at the site.
"10 dead, 19 wounded have been evacuated from site," health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh told a foreign news agency, without giving the victims´ nationalities.
Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the toll but warned it could yet change.
Earlier, sources had said the blast was followed by gunfire. Rahimi said no gunfire had been heard for some time, however.
According to its website, G4S provides security for the UK Foreign Office in Kabul.