A Taliban bomb attack that targeted a British security firm in Kabul left at least 10 people dead and 19 wounded on Wednesday as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told a UN-sponsored conference of plans to seek a peace agreement with the militant group.

Najib Danish said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and then other insurgents started a gun battle with forces in the area. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the target of the attack was British security company G4S. He said the company offers training for Afghan security forces.

In a separate attack in the Taimani area of Kabul, gunmen targeted the house of Amrullah Saleh, Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief head of the Green Party movement.

Mr Saleh told The National by phone that he was with Rahmatullah Nabil, a former director of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, when the attack began with three gunmen launching an assault on his home. His guards repelled the attack and neither man was harmed.

Before the attacks took place, Mr Ghani announced a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as the UN renewed calls for direct negotiations between Kabul and the militants.

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