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At least 13 people, mainly foreigners, killed in suicide attack

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 00:41

Jan. 18 - Foreigners amongst the dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular restaurant in Kabul. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Up to 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday( January 17) when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police said. Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and restaurants catering for expatriates. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its representative in Afghanistan was one of the dead, and the United Nations said three of its staff were killed as well. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said two Canadians died in the attack but it was not clear if they were in addition to the deaths reported by the IMF and U.N. The Afghan deputy interior minister, said between 13 and 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed but their nationalities were not immediately clear. A Taliban spokesman said that those killed were German nationals. In Berlin, the Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm that Germans were involved. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said none of the dead included U.S. Embassy staff in Kabul.

At least 13 people, mainly foreigners, killed in suicide attack

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 00:41

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