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Two Americans Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirmed early Saturday that Americans were among the dead after a coordinated Taliban attack. Updated: 4:50 a.m ET Saturday.

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At least 21 people were killed Friday, most of them foreigners, in a well-coordinated Taliban assault on a restaurant popular with Westerners in Kabul, Afghanistan, officials said.

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Afghan security forces personnel investigate at the site of the Friday's suicide attack and shooting in Kabul.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the restaurant at around 7:30 p.m., after which two gunmen rushed in and opened fire on the patrons dining inside.

AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini

Afghan police forces assist an injured man at the site of the explosion.

Among the victims, 13 were believed to be foreigners. It was the deadliest violence against foreign civilians in the country since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago, the AP reported.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirmed two Americans were killed in the attack.

The U.S. Embassy has confirmed that at least two private U.S. citizens were among the victims of last night’s terrorist attack in Kabul.

U.S. Embassy Kabul@USEmbassyKabul

The U.S. Embassy has confirmed that at least two private U.S. citizens were among the victims of last night’s terrorist attack in Kabul.

01:32 AM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Another victim was a representative of the International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan.

Wabel Abdallah, a 60-year-old Lebanese national and IMF representative in Afghanistan, killed in attack on Lebanese restaurant in Kabul.

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Wabel Abdallah, a 60-year-old Lebanese national and IMF representative in Afghanistan, killed in attack on Lebanese restaurant in Kabul.

02:41 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The attack also claimed the life of a British national.

RT @_EmmaGH Foreign office confirms British national among #KabulAttack victims, no further details for now

Amie Ferris-Rotman@Amie_FR

RT @_EmmaGH Foreign office confirms British national among #KabulAttack victims, no further details for now

06:07 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As well as two Canadian citizens.

CBC News has learned that 2 Canadians were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul. They were not government officials or members of military.

CBC News Alerts@CBCAlerts

CBC News has learned that 2 Canadians were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul. They were not government officials or members of military.

05:17 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Taverna du Liban restaurant in the upmarket neighborhood of Wazir Akbar Khan is very popular with foreign journalists, diplomats, and Western aid workers.

Like many foreign journos, I've had dinner at Taverna du Liban many times. Hoping friends in Kabul are safe tonight. http://t.co/9gXEcahMnj

Muhammad Lila@MuhammadLila

Like many foreign journos, I've had dinner at Taverna du Liban many times. Hoping friends in Kabul are safe tonight. http://t.co/9gXEcahMnj

08:29 AM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Devastated to hear about the attack at Taverna du Liban in Kabul, one of my favorite spots in the city: http://t.co/ygOVCmNPzV

Marisa Mazria Katz@MarisaMazriaK

Devastated to hear about the attack at Taverna du Liban in Kabul, one of my favorite spots in the city: http://t.co/ygOVCmNPzV

01:42 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Lebanese owner of the Taverna, Kamal Hamade who was a very popular face in Kabul, also died in the attack.

V V sad news Kabul. Our dear Lebanese friend Kamal, the kindest of hosts, was killed in #Taliban attack Kabul. #Afghanistan was his home.

lyse doucet@bbclysedoucet

V V sad news Kabul. Our dear Lebanese friend Kamal, the kindest of hosts, was killed in #Taliban attack Kabul. #Afghanistan was his home.

03:15 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Shocked and very sad to hear that Taverna du Liban owner Kamal Hamade, a familiar face to many in #Kabul, was killed in tonight's attack

Golnar Motevalli@golnarM

Shocked and very sad to hear that Taverna du Liban owner Kamal Hamade, a familiar face to many in #Kabul, was killed in tonight's attack

05:19 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many tweeted their concerns about Hamade's safety before the news of his death was confirmed.

Really hope Kamal is ok, he would always give my little sister a whole cake to take home with her as he was fond of her. #prayingforkabul

Miriam Arghandiwal@_Maro

Really hope Kamal is ok, he would always give my little sister a whole cake to take home with her as he was fond of her. #prayingforkabul

03:52 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hearing Lebanese Taverna restaurant in Kabul was attacked tonight. Afghan friends who are covering, does anyone know if owner Kamel is okay?

Atia Abawi@AtiaAbawi

Hearing Lebanese Taverna restaurant in Kabul was attacked tonight. Afghan friends who are covering, does anyone know if owner Kamel is okay?

11:04 AM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the attack, said in a statement that those killed were German nationals.

"This evening around 7 p.m. in Kabul, [Wazir Akbar Khan] district, we attacked one of the restaurants with a suicide attack where foreign invaders were having their dinner.

In this attack we have used very heavy explosives which caused heavy losses to the enemy. According to our initial information, which we received, in this attack we attacked senior officials from the German military and government."

The German foreign ministry said it could not confirm that Germans were involved.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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