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A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials say.
Wabel Abdallah, the head of the IMF's Afghanistan office, and the UN civilian staff died in what UN chief Ban Ki-moon said was a "horrific attack".
Canadians, Lebanese, Britons and Americans were among the 13 foreign victims; the other eight were Afghans.
The Taliban said they carried out the attack late on Friday.
he death toll from a Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans has risen to 21 people, officials said Saturday, in the deadliest violence against foreign civilians in the country since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.
Two Canadians were among the foreigners killed in Friday's attack.
They were not Canadian government officials or members of the military. Citing privacy concerns, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said no further information on the deceased Canadians would be made available.
Wabel Abdallah, the head of the IMF's Afghanistan office,
The Taliban said it carried out the attack, saying it had been deliberately targeting foreign officials.
reply to post by Shiloh7
I agree with you. There will never b peace unless capitalism is destroyed. Money is not the root of all evil. People are. Because people will sell everything they love and respect for the love of money. Terrorists are build by capitalism to keep spreading fear.
Any violence is tragic, but I hardly see how this belongs in "Alternative News".
Is this a conspiracy website or what?
Stories like this can be found in a few thousand other mundane news sites.
Here's a conspiracy for you - is posting stories like these on this site an attempt to distract/thread drift from the real conspiracies?
Although the White House praised "the quick and skillful response of the Afghan security services" to the Taverna attack, many in Kabul were shocked that the Taliban could carry out such a deadly assault in the heart of the capital's Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, home to the U.S., British and other Western embassies.
The restaurant had a small team of security guards and was one of the few establishments in Kabul that some foreign diplomatic missions allowed their personnel to visit. Once past the metal gate and the security check, a mostly expatriate clientele sat on low couches and dined on Lebanese staples, including kebabs and tabbouleh salad, and sometimes were served alcohol out of unmarked pitchers.
As Darfur deteriorates, Sudan’s economy booms
The economy is growing by 12 percent, the International Monetary Fund says, and over US$2.3 billion in direct foreign investment poured in last year.
"Broadly speaking, this country’s economy is well managed," said IMF country delegate Wabel Abdallah.
But the boom isn’t pleasing everybody.
"All the oil money is going to the government and its allies," said Jubara Hamed, a former army officer who now drives a taxi, as he sat amid old minivans and flashy new SUVs on a four-lane highway that did not exist two years ago.
That is echoed by many Sudanese in Khartoum, and others spread across the country. The government of President Omar al-Bashir faces three separate rebel movements in the east, south and west Darfur region — all demanding more wealth-sharing as a key condition to sign peace deals.
The government denies the money goes only to the elite.
Mr. Wabel Abdallah, 60, a Lebanese national, was appointed Resident Representative in June 2008. He joined the Fund from the Central Bank of Lebanon in 1993, and has held various IMF positions, especially on the IMF’s activities and operations in the Middle East.
How does the Taliban "say" something? Someone must articulate the message no? From whom and to whom becomes the question. Anonymous phone call..., really?