KABUL, Afghanistan -- In one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan capital in months, a team of attackers stormed a Lebanese restaurant popular with Westerners on Friday night and sprayed gunfire across the busy dining room, killing at least 14 people and wounding four others, security officials said.
The dead included foreigners and Afghans, including a newly married couple who were having dinner at Taverna du Liban, in the upmarket Wazir Akbar Khan section of Kabul, which also houses the embassies of the United States and other Western nations.
Afghan security forces arrived and killed the attackers after a gunbattle that lasted over an hour, Zahir said.
It was the deadliest attack in Kabul since last June, when a car bombing outside the Supreme Court building killed 17 people and wounded 39 others.
The Taliban said in a statement that "a large number of foreign occupiers" were killed in the attack.
The nationalities of the victims weren’t immediately clear, but Britain’s
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The attack was certain to rekindle questions about the security of Kabul less than a year before the U.S.-led
The Obama administration has touted success in weakening the Taliban, but the insurgent group has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to attack Western and Afghan government targets in Kabul and outlying provinces.
The Lebanese restaurant serves foreigners working in Kabul, as well as a rich Afghan clientele. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the deputy interior minister, said that among the dead were an Afghan couple from eastern Logar province who had been married seven months ago and had recently returned to Kabul from overseas.