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Afghan security forces assist an injured man at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Afghan police said a suicide bomber attacked a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners, officials. / Massoud Hossaini AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up Friday outside a restaurant in central Kabul that is popular with officials, foreigners and business people. Afghan police said there were reports of dead and wounded.

Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the attack took place just after dark against a Lebanese restaurant in the diplomatic quarter. A single, loud explosion could be heard, followed by automatic weapon fire around the restaurant for about 20 minutes.

"There are fears of casualties but we can't say anything now because our assessment team is at the scene," Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi said.

Salangi added that "there were a number of people wounded, including drivers and people waiting outside and in neighboring houses."

He said police were engaged in a clearing operation. No gunfire could be heard for at least 30 minutes after the initial burst of automatic weapon fire.

There are a number of embassies, foreign non-governmental organization and Afghan officials living in the area.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said targeted foreign officials.



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