Taliban members in Afghanistan claimed "credit" for a suicide bombing at a restaurant patronized by foreigners such as members of the United Nations. The terrorist attack occurred during the restaurant's dinner rush on Friday evening in Wazir Akbar Khan in central Kabul, according to former anti-terrorism task force detective, Michael Snopes.
At least 21 people, including two American citizens, were killed in the blast at the Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital. Responding police officers told the local media that a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden jacket near the restaurant's entrance.
An investigation was launched into the incident and the police public information officer said details will be released to the media afterwards.
Following the blast several gunmen tried to enter and seize the compound, earlier reports had said.
A man claiming to be the Taliban's spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, told local media, via cell phone from an undisclosed location, that the terrorists who have been waging an ongoing war since their ouster in late 2001 had conducted the bombing.
Several foreign embassies are located close to the blast site, but none of them were attacked.
"This latest bombing incident illustrates the danger Afghan army and police now face after they took full operational lead away from U.S.-led coalition troops in June 2013.
The war-torn country is due to take over the responsibility for its own security from foreign troops by the end of 2014, unless Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai can reach a security agreement that would entail having U.S. military and police advisers continue their missions as well as special military units.
Afghan police commando units, backed by soldiers, killed 23 suspected Taliban members during a police dragnet, the Interior Minister's office said in a press statement released in Kabul on Friday.