Friday, January 17, 2014

High-ranked German Among 14 Killed in Kabul Cafe Attack Carried Out by Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan (Fri, Jan 17, 2014) – Reported by madn3wz

Foreigners are among the 14 killed as a result of suicide attack and heavy gunfire at a popular restaurant in the center of Kabul on Friday evening, local media reported.

Suicide bomber kills at least 13 in Kabul restaurant attack

Gunfire was heard for more than 20 minutes after the huge explosion, an eyewitness told BBC News.

According to details; a suicide bomber blew himself up at about 7:30 p.m. (local time) at the entrance of the Taverna du Liban restaurant, very popular among expats living in the capital city, followed by two armed men vivid shooting spree inside the restaurant. The Lebanese restaurant was full of diners, mostly foreigners, at the time of attack.

Taliban has claimed responsibility of the attack in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, where many embassies and restaurants are serving the foreigners, saying it had been deliberately targeting foreign officials.

Taliban claimed the responsibility through an email to reporters saying it had targeted “a foreign restaurant where foreign invaders were having dinner.” They further claimed that a high-ranked German official is killed in the attack; but the German foreign ministry said it could not confirm that Germans were involved.

The gunmen were killed by Afghan security forces, CNN reported. Gen. Zaher Zaher, the police chief, confirmed the death toll at 14.

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