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G4S extends UK Kabul embassy deal
G4S extends UK Kabul embassy deal

The firm behind the Olympic Games security fiasco has reportedly extended its deal to protect the British embassy in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

G4S, which admitted in early July it would not be able to provide its 10,400 contracted guards for London 2012, was awarded the Afghan contract by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) last week, The Sunday Times said.

The deal is understood to be worth STG72 million ($A107 million) and means G4S will guard the high-risk embassy for a further two years.

The British embassy compound in Kabul was hit in April by rocket fire during a series of co-ordinated Taliban attacks across Afghanistan.

Two rockets hit a guard tower and a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a house used by British diplomats, but no staff were hurt.

G4S is the largest employer on the London Stock Exchange with more than 650,000 staff worldwide. It reported revenues of STG7.5 billion and pre-tax profits of STG279 million last year.

The military plugged the gap left at the Olympics by G4S, which ended up providing some 8000 staff.

The total number of military personnel involved in Olympics security was more than 18,000, including 11,000 helping secure Games venues, with the rest working in specialist roles.

G4S chief executive Nick Buckles is fighting to save his career amid calls to resign from his STG830,000-a-year job after the blunder.

At a hearing by a committee of MPs, he admitted he could not deny it was a "humiliating shambles for the company".

The group's reputation has been left in tatters and it will lose up to STG50 million on the STG284 million contract.