The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack against a popular Lebanese restaurant in downtown Kabul that killed at least 16 people on Friday evening.
A suicide bomb detonated outside Taverna du Liban around 7:30 p.m. local time, emitting a blast that could be heard miles away. Two gunmen then entered the restaurant and opened fire on diners. Gunfire continued until 10:00 p.m. local time.
As many as 13 foreigners were killed in the attack. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reported no American casualties.
The restaurant is located in Kabul's central Wazir Akbar neighborhood, a diplomatic quarter where many embassies and NGOs are located. Unlike other restaurants in the area favored by expatriates, Taverna du Liban was not protected by cement blast walls and had no checkpoint on the street outside.
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