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Loud explosion hits French restaurant in Afghanistan's Kabul

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 1, 2016 1:1PM

A loud deadly explosion has rocked a French restaurant popular with Afghan officials and foreign diplomats in central part of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

'The explosion happened in Qala-e-Fathullah neighborhood of Kabul city. Apparently a restaurant has been attacked,' Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Friday, citing initial information.

The Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying that westerners were the main target.

According to the latest figures, one person was killed and six others wounded in the attack.

The Friday explosion is the second to hit the Afghan capital this week.

On Monday, a bomber detonated his vehicle laden with explosives in the Hawa Shinasi area of Kabul, which lies adjacent to the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

At least one civilian was killed and 13 others injured in the powerful explosion.

The Taliban militant group later claimed responsibility for the blast, saying that their target was a convoy of foreign troops.

Afghanistan is still gripped by insecurity 14 years after the US and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington's so-called war on terror.

Although the 2001 attack overthrew the Taliban, many areas across Afghanistan still face violence and insecurity.

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