Published On: Sat, Jan 18th, 2014

Briton Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Attack

A British national has been killed in a bomb blast and gun attack in the Afghan capital Kabul.The Briton was among 16 people who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a restaurant and two gunmen sneaked in through a back door and opened fire.Briton Killed In Afghanistan Restaurant Blast

The gunmen are believed to have been shot dead by security forces when they arrived at the scene.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British national and we stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family.”

The Taliban said it carried out the attack on La Taverna du Liban, a restaurant popular with foreigners and wealthy Afghans alike.

It described the building as a “foreign hotel” and said the blast targeted “high-ranking German officials” it described as “foreign invaders”.

The German foreign ministry said it was looking into the claims, while Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman for the UN, said at least four of its employees remained unaccounted for.

Kebab cook Abdul Majid, who suffered leg fractures in the blast, said: “I was sitting with my friends in the kitchen when an explosion happened and smoke filled the kitchen.

“A man came inside shouting and he started shooting. One of my colleagues was shot and fell down. I ran to the roof and threw myself to the neighbouring property.”

Like many places that are popular with diplomats, aid workers and businessmen in Afghanistan, the restaurant has no signs indicating its location and is heavily secured.

It has no windows, bags of dirt are piled up outside to act as blast walls and guests are searched before entering the premises.