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Briton killed in Afghanistan car bomb attack named

The British man killed in a terrorist car bomb attack in Afghanistan has been named by government officials as Michael Hampshire, from Huddersfield.

Mr Hampshire was working as a security contractor for the close protection team of the EU Police Mission in Kabul when he was killed.

Michael Hampshire, from Huddersfield, was killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul

In a statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Hampshire's family said he was a "loving fiancé, son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to everyone who knew him".

No words can explain what we are going through at this time and we will miss Michael dearly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank people for the messages we have received but would now like, as a family, to grieve for Michael in peace.

– Family statement

Known as Mic, Mr Hampshire leaves behind a fiancée of more than six months, Claire Taylor.

The attack appears to have deliberately targeted vehicles belonging to the EU police training mission. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

Hammond: British security contractor killed in terror attack

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has condemned the "cowardly" attack that has killed at least three people, including a Briton, and wounding 18.

He said: "This is the second attack in a matter of days for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility and I strongly condemn their cowardly actions.

Hammond: British security contractor killed in terror attack. Credit: PA

"I can confirm that a British security contractor is among those killed in the attack. His family has been informed and my thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time. Consular staff stand ready to provide support.

"Two Afghan women have also sadly lost their lives and many more have been injured. These attacks must not stop the people of Afghanistan, with the support of the international community, working towards a more peaceful future."


FCO: British national killed in Kabul terror attack

DATE IMPORTED:May 17, 2015Afghan and foreign security forces keep watch at the site of car bomb attack in Kabul. Credit: PA

A Foreign Office has confirmed that a British national has been killed in a terror attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near the international airport in the capital, Kabul, killing at least three people and wounding 18.

A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a British national was tragically killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul this morning. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family."

The attack this morning appears to have targeted vehicles of the European Union police training mission. The car bomb was detonated near the office of the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority, which is a few hundred metres from the airport terminal. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

Loud explosion heard from blast near Afghan airport

A loud explosion rocked the Afghan capital and witnesses told a television station the blast was near Kabul's airport.

Loud explosion heard from blast near Kabul's airport. Credit: Google Maps

There was no immediate word on any casualties or the cause of the blast. Tolo TV cited witnesses near Kabul's airport saying that the explosion was in that area.

Five foreigners killed in attack on Kabul guest house

Gunman armed with AK-47 rifles killed five foreigners at a party in a popular guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan, officials said.

Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of an attack in Kabul Credit: Reuters

An American citizen is confirmed as one of the victims of the late night attack yesterday on the Park Plaza guest house, the US Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed.

The attackers trapped several people inside before a shootout with security forces.

At least 16 people were rescued from the guest house, an army commander said.

"It happened when we were entering the front yard, and the eight of us immediately ran into the house and hid under the bed," said Hasib Salmadi, a local musician who was among the hostages freed from the guesthouse.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.


Three killed in suicide bomb attack on bus in Kabul

Three people have been killed and almost a dozen injured after a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees in Afghanistan.

The bus was carrying people home from work Credit: Reuters

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened near the attorney general's office in the west of capital city Kabul - the second bus attack in the area in just a week.

The bus was carrying people home from work when the bomber struck, killing three and injuring 10.

Violence has continued in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of many foreign forces last year.

Barack Obama: 'I profoundly regret what happened'

US President Barack Obama has said he "profoundly" regrets the deaths of two aid workers held hostage at an Al Qaeda compound near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan during a US counter-terror operation.

Mr Obama said he had offered "deepest apologies" to the families of American Dr Warren Eeinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto.

He also confirmed that a review had been ordered into the tragedy.

"We will identify the lessons that can be learned from this tragedy and any changes that should be made.

"We will continue to do everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent lives…in our counterterrorism operations", he added.

White House 'sorrow' over deaths of hostages during rescue

The United States said an American counterterrorism operation in January killed two hostages, one American and one Italian, who were held by al Qaeda in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were killed also resulted in the death of an American al Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, the White House said. Another American al Qaeda member, Adam Gadahn, also was killed, likely in a separate operation, the White House added.

In a statement, the White House expressed sorrow over the hostage deaths and said the United States had no reason to believe hostages were at the targeted compound.

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