Up to 15 people -- mostly foreigners -- were killed today (January 17, 2014) when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, the Newsmax World website reports.
Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and restaurants catering for expatriates.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its representative in Afghanistan was one of the dead, and the United Nations said three of its staff were killed as well.
"Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely unacceptable and are in flagrant breach of international humanitarian law," UN spokesman Farhan Haq said. "They must stop immediately."