Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 08/19/2011

British center attacked in Kabul  on Afghanistan Independence Day (Live tweets)

Afghan security forces gesture at the site of the main entrance to the British Council in Kabul. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

In Afghanistan, Friday was meant to be a celebration of the independence the country won from Britain in 1919. Instead, it turned into a day of violence and death when Taliban insurgents attacked the British Council, killing at least eight people and wounding 12.

See more photos here and a eyewitness account of the attack below.

Afghan security forces carry a wounded man at the site of the attack. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

A British soldier walks in front of the attack site. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Afghan security personnel gather at the site of the attack. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan policemen take up position next to the British Council. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Afghan security personnel take position at the attack site. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan police stand guard near the attack site. (Dar Yasin/AP)

Police remove the body of a colleague. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

A firefighter sprays water on a car used by an insurgent. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

A wounded Afghan policeman is carried away from the site. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Afghan police men carry the dead body of an attacker. (Dar Yasin/AP)

Afghan commando troops and policemen take up position. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Smoke billows from the British Council building. (Dar Yasin/AP)

By  |  11:24 AM ET, 08/19/2011

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