Two Brits among 21 killed in Kabul suicide bomb blast

Two British nationals were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a restaurant in Kabul, the Foreign Office confirmed. Ed Miliband has paid tribute to Labour MEP candidate Del Singh, one of the Brits that died.

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Afghan ministry slams 'brutal act on innocent people'

Two British nationals were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a restaurant in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

The Afghan Ministry of Interior has described the suicide attack on a restaurant in Kabul which has left at least 21 people dead as a "brutal act on innocent people".

The Ministry said it was a defeated course of action of a defeated enemy who choose to attack innocent people instead of facing security forces.

The attack took place at around 7.30pm last night when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the restaurant gates before two gunmen entered the diner and started shooting people inside.

At least two US citizens killed in Kabul bomb attack

The US Embassy in Kabul has confirmed that at least two US citizens were killed in the suicide bomb attack at a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan:

ISAF condemns 'brutal and senseless' attack on Kabul

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has condemned the Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant yesterday which resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen civilians.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the ISAF commander, said:

I express my deepest sympathies to the victims and families of those wounded and killed in last night's brutal and senseless attack.

Once again the Taliban have demonstrated their complete disregard forhuman life and shown their intent for the future of Afghanistan. TheTaliban must stop premeditated and indiscriminate slaughter of civilians,especially on those who are working to bring stability and prosperity to theAfghan people.”

The Kabul City Police and the Crisis Response Unit CRU-222 demonstrated a high level of professionalism and competence in their quick response to contain the scene and kill the insurgents inside the restaurant.

Among the casualties were Afghan citizens and civilian representatives of international organisations committed to bringing economic and humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.


Kabul suicide bomb death toll 'rises to 21'

The death toll in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul has risen to 21, according to Reuters.

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance of a Lebanese restaurant popular with expatriates in the capital's central Wazir Akbar Khan district, before two gunmen burst into the restaurant and fired bullets at diners.

NATO troops and Afghan policemen stand guard outside a Lebanese restaurant, the site of a suicide attack, in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

A representative from The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) died in the attack, along with four United Nations staff.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said two Canadians died in the attack but it was not clear if this figure was in addition to the deaths reported by the IMF and United Nations.

Scene of Kabul attack that killed IMF and UN officials

Three United Nations staff were among as many as 15 killed in a suicide bomb attack outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, a UN spokesman said.

Afghan policemen inspect the wreckage of a vehicle outside the Lebanese restaurant where suicide attackers struck in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

"Three United Nations personnel, along with a number of those from other international organisations, are now confirmed dead," UN spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement.

A man smashes the windscreen of a damaged car in order for him to be able to have a clear view when driving it away from the site. Credit: Reuters

IMF representative Wabel Abdallah, a 60-year-old Lebanese national, was killed in the explosion, the IMF said. He had been leading the Fund's office in Kabul since 2008.

An as-yet unnamed Briton was among the victims the blast at the popular Taverna du Liban restaurant.

Afghan security forces walk near a damaged vehicle outside the site of a suicide attack, in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

Islamist Taliban insurgents claim responsibility for bomb

Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the fatal bomb attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district on Friday that claimed the lives of up to 15 people, police said.

An Afghan security personnel walks past a Lebanese restaurant, the site of a suicide bombing, in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

A Taliban spokesman said that those killed were German nationals. In Berlin, the Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm that Germans were involved.

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