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UN staff and US teacher among 21 dead in Kabul attack

Published on Jan 19, 2014 12:00 AM
 
An Afghan special force soldier passes a damaged car next to the entrance of a Lebanese restaurant that was attacked in Kabul, on Jan 18, 2014. Survivors of the Taliban suicide attack on a restaurant in Kabul told on Saturday of the carnage and bloodshed, as details emerged of the 21 people, including 13 foreigners, who died in the assault. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Survivors of the Taliban suicide attack on a restaurant in Kabul told on Saturday of the carnage and bloodshed, as details emerged of the 21 people, including 13 foreigners, who died in the assault.

Desperate customers hid under tables when one attacker detonated his suicide vest at the fortified entrance to the Taverna du Liban and two other militants stormed inside and opened fire.

Among the dead were two Americans, two British citizens, two Canadians, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) head of mission, and the restaurant's Lebanese owner, who reportedly died as he tried to fire back at the attackers.

A female Danish member of the European police mission in Afghanistan and a Russian UN political officer also died in the Friday evening massacre, which was the deadliest attack on foreign civilians since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

 
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