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Death toll of Taliban attack at Kabul restaurant rises to 21: police

English.news.cn   2014-01-18 13:50:37

Afghan policemen inspect the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 18, 2014. Twenty-one people, including 13 foreigners, were killed in Friday's terror attack at the Lebanese Restaurant in Afghan capital of Kabul, the Kabul police chief said Saturday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

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KABUL, Jan. 18 (Xinhua)-- Twenty one people, including 13 foreigners, were killed in Friday's terror attack at the Lebanese Restaurant in Afghan capital Kabul, the Kabul police chief said Saturday.

"A total of 21 people, including 13 foreigners, were killed in the Friday's Kabul attack at the Lebanese Restaurant," police chief General Mohammad Zahir Zahir told local media Saturday morning.

He said that four foreign women and an Afghan woman are also among those killed in the deadly attack.At least six more people sustained injuries in the attack.

Meanwhile, the UN mission office in Kabul said that four UN staff members, including International Monetary Fund (IMF) country representative, were among those killed in the bloody incident.

On Friday evening, three Taliban suicide bombers launched a coordinated suicide bombing and shooting attack at the restaurant located in street 14 of Wazi Akbar Khan, the diplomatic enclave in central Kabul.

One suicide bomber detonated his explosive jacket at the entrance of the restaurant compound, paving the way for the other two attackers to enter the restaurant and began shooting on the guests.

"Four United Nations personnel, along with a number of those from other international organizations, are now confirmed dead," the UN statement released here on Saturday said.

"The secretary-general condemns in the strongest terms the horrific attack at a restaurant in central Kabul on the evening of Friday, Jan. 17," the statement added.

Kabul police chief also said that citizens from Canada, Russia, Lebanon, and the European Union countries were also killed in the attack which occurred at around 19:15 p.m. local time Friday.

The local media also said two Canadians and a Briton were among the foreigners killed in the attack. The nationalities of the other casualties still remained unknown.

Following the attack, the Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, saying in a statement the suicide bombers targeted foreign occupiers.


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WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF)chief on Friday said its resident representative in Afghanistan was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul.

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