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As Many as 14 Dead in Attack on Kabul Restaurant

Kabul's chief of police tells VOA's Afghan service that 13 or 14 people are dead in an attack on a Lebanese restaurant frequented by foreigners, officials and business people.

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the restaurant Friday in the Afghan capital and that two gunmen entered the establishment and opened fire. The gunmen also were killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.

General Zahir Zahir, the Kabul police chief, spoke to VOA by phone about the attackers.



"One of them blew himself up in front of the restaurant and two of them entered the structure and engaged with the guards. Eventually police arrived to the scene and cleaned up the place. The police have the complete situation under control."

Zahir, who was at the scene, said both Afghans and foreigners are among the dead and that their identities will be released later.

The United Nations says four of its staff are unaccounted for.

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says it is seeking to verify the status of all U.N. personnel. The head of the mission strongly condemned the attack and said the violence must stop immediately.

A number of embassies and foreign organizations have offices in the area, and many Afghan officials live nearby.

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