Taliban attack against Afghan restaurant kills 16 people, including foreigners

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 7:03 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An assault on a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Afghanistan's capital has killed 16 people.

Security officials say a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the front of the restaurant, while two gunmen sneaked in through the back door and opened fire. The restaurant was filled with foreigners and affluent Afghans at the time. Security guards eventually killed the two gunmen.

Kabul's police chief says the dead include foreigners and Afghans, but he did not provide a breakdown.

Meanwhile, the U.N. says four of its employees who may have been near the scene remain missing.

Officials say at least four other people were wounded.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The restaurant, like most facilities that are frequented by foreign diplomats, aid workers, journalists and businessmen in Afghanistan, has no signs indicating its location and is heavily secured.

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