Taliban strike Kabul, 13 foreigners among 21 dead

  • Prasun Sonwalkar and Agencies, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2014 08:50 IST

A deadly Taliban suicide attack on Friday at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans killed 21 people including 13 foreigners — one of whom was Indian-origin Labour leader from the UK, Dhamender Singh Phangurha aka Del Singh.

The deadly dinner-time attack was carried out by three Taliban fighters. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the heavily-fortified entrance of the restaurant around 7.30pm on Friday after which two gunmen entered the establishment from a back door and opened fire. Afghan security forces later gunned down the two fighters.

Singh was the Labour candidate for the forthcoming European parliament elections. He was one of two Britons killed in the attack. Paying his tribute, Labour leader Ed Miliband said Del Singh had, “spent over ten years carrying out vital work on development projects in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sudan..”.

Four UN officials were among the dead in what is being considered one of the deadliest attacks against Western civilians in Kabul since 2001.

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