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Blast in Kabul near restaurant popular with foreigners: police

Published on Jan 18, 2014 12:04 AM

KABUL (AFP) - A large explosion believed to be a suicide blast rocked Kabul on Friday evening, close to a restaurant frequented by foreigners and in a district housing several embassies, though there were no immediate details on casualties.

Police said the explosion happened near the Taverna du Liban Lebanese restaurant in the Kabul neighbourhood of Wazir Akbar Khan. Security forces rushed to the scene and sporadic gunfire was heard for a short time after the blast.

"There has been an explosion near the Lebanese restaurant in Wazir Akbar Khan, and gun shots have also been fired," Sayed Gul Agha Hashemi, head of Kabul police's criminal branch, told AFP.

The Taverna is a regular dining spot for diplomats, aid workers and Afghans, and is likely to have been busy with customers on Friday, the weekly holiday in Afghanistan.

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