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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'Two gunmen' shot at people inside Kabul restaurant

Following the fatal bomb attack outside a Kabul restaurant, two gunmen stormed into the restaurant and started shooting at customers, security sources told Reuters, adding that foreign casualties had been taken to an international military camp in eastern Kabul.

First there was a suicide attack near a restaurant for foreigners where a man detonated his explosives attached to his body, and then possibly one or two insurgents entered the restaurant.

– Afghan security source (Reuters)

Kabul bomb 'shook the whole area' says eyewitness

A policeman keeps watch at the scene of the explosion. Credit: Reuters

An eyewitness told Reuters how the Kabul blast "shook the whole area".

Shkaib Sarwari said: "A suicide attack happened in a Lebanese restaurant, which shook the whole area and then gunfire started. We were very scared and when I came out all I could see was security forces around the area."

Another eyewitness, Gul Agha, told Bloomberg Businessweek that the explosion shattered windows of Norway's and other nearby embassies. The initial blast was so forceful that it was heard miles away.

Afghan security forces arrive at the scene of the attack. Credit: Reuters

The Lebanese restaurant, Taverna du Liban, was targeted during a busy time when many of the neighbourhood's Western aid workers, journalists and other expatriates were dining out.

The restaurant was lacking in common security measures, such as cement blast walls and checkpoints blocking off the street.

The bombing was the third in the Afghan capital in under two weeks.

Read: '16 people killed' in Kabul 'including 13 foreigners'

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'16 people killed' in Kabul 'including 13 foreigners'

A NATO soldier arrives at the scene of the blast. Credit: Reuters

Kabul police chief Gen. Zahir Zahir has told ITV News that 16 people have been killed in the Afghan capital bomb attack, including 13 foreigners, while four U.N. employees who "could have been present in close proximity to the attack" remain "unaccounted for", the Associated Press has reported.

Gen. Zahir Zahir also confirmed that five people had been wounded.

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Police: '13 or 14' killed in Kabul suicide bomb attack

A police officer arrives at the scene of the explosion. Credit: Reuters

A Kabul police chief has told ITV News that 13 or 14 people have been killed and four wounded in the suicide bomber attack near a Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital.

The official said the fatalities were made up of a combination of foreigners and Afghans.

Islamist militant Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and restaurants catering for expatriates, according to Reuters.

Read: Suicide bomber ‘attacks Kabul restaurant’

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