The Obama Administration has just issued a condemnation of an attack carried out by the Taliban on a restaurant in Kabul.
The attack killed a total of 21 people and was reportedly revenge for an airstrike that killed civilian Afghans.
CNN has reported that among the dead are Americans, Canadians, Britons and Afghans.
A U.S. Embassy Spokesman has confirmed that Americans were killed. They were employees at the American University of Afghanistan.
In a statement to NBC News, the president of the university said, “We are devastated by the news. The families of the victims are being notified and arrangements for repatriation of the remains are under way.”
The United Nations Secretary General also released a statement of condemnation through a spokesperson:
“The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the horrific attack at a restaurant in central Kabul on the evening of Friday, 17 January. The attack on a civilian location killed at least 14 and injured many more, including Afghans and foreign nationals. Four United Nations personnel, along with a number of those from other international organizations, are now confirmed dead. Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely unacceptable and are in flagrant breach of international humanitarian law. They must stop immediately.
The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of those killed and his hopes for a swift recovery to those injured.”
There were conflicting accounts of the attack but multiple reports show that one attacker likely detonated a bomb in the restaurant while two others fired on customers.
State Department Spokeswomen, Jenn Psaki released this statement:
“With this despicable, targeted attack on innocent civilians, terrorists continue to demonstrate blatant disregard for life and for the peaceful, prosperous future Afghans want and are working so hard to achieve.”
The State Department has already confirmed that no officials from the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan were killed in the attack.
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