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)