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Afghan official condemns "terrorists" who killed innocent civilians in Kabul

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 01:27

Jan. 18 - The Afghan Interior Ministry said a Taliban suicide attack on a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign workers was aimed at civilians. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Security remains on high alert outside a popular restaurant in Kabul. It was Friday at this Lebanese restaurant where a suicide bomb and gun attack killed at least 21 people, including 13 foreigners. A spokesman from the Interior Ministry called the assailants terrorists. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEDIQ SEDIQI, SPOKESMAN FOR THE AFGHAN INTERIOR MINISTRY, SAYING: "There were three attackers, three terrorists that they attacked one of the restaurant in Kabul, one of them with the suicide bomb and two of them with guns and they opened fire on very innocent and defenseless civilians who were at the restaurant." The U.S., Britain and Canada each lost two citizens in the attack. Four United Nations staff members and the International Monetary Fund's top representative in Afghanistan were also killed. The spokesman said the attack was likely carried out by militants with safe havens in Pakistan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEDIQ SEDIQI, SPOKESMAN FOR THE AFGHAN INTERIOR MINISTRY, SAYING: "This is a level of threat that we have good knowledge of and we are really working hard to make sure that we can prevent this or we can eliminate the roots of these kinds of attacks. Unfortunately the enemies of Afghanistan, these terrorists, they still have safe havens in Pakistan and they have sanctuaries on the other side of the border and they are brainwashed in those centers and sent back to Kabul to attack Afghan innocent and civilians." The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it revenge for a U.S. airstrike that killed eight civilians earlier this week.

Afghan official condemns "terrorists" who killed innocent civilians in Kabul

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 01:27

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