U.N. chief calls deadly Kabul restaurant attack as "totally unacceptable"
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 01:03
Jan. 18 - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemns the deadly attack on a Kabul restaurant that killed 21 people, including four UN staff. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, condemned on Saturday the attack on a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan in the strongest terms possible.
Up to 21 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital, police said. Four UN staff were among those killed.
"This is another sad moment for the United Nations, where our distinguished four colleagues have been killed by terrorist attack in Kabul," he said.
Gunmen burst into the Lebanese restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself up near the entrance around 7:30 p.m. local time on Friday, just as people had sat down for dinner.
Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and restaurants catering to expatriates.
"On many occasions I have condemned in the strongest possible terms against these reckless terrorist attacks against the civilians. This is totally unacceptable and this is violation of the international humanitarian law. All the perpetrators must be held accountable. As the United Nations mourns this terrorist attack and victims we remain committed to work for the peace, stability and development of Afghanistan. We fully support the transition of Afghanistan toward better future in peace development and security," Ban said.
The U.S. State Department said three U.S. private citizens were killed. Britain and Canada confirmed they each lost two nationals and Denmark said one of its citizens also died.
The American University of Afghanistan said two of its U.S. employees died in the attack on La Taverna du Liban, a popular dining spot whose charismatic owner, Kamal Hamade, was also killed.
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