KABUL: A suicide attack targeting a French restaurant in downtown Kabul has left several people injured on New Year’s Day, local media reports.
Eight people have been injured, the local news agency reported. A local TV channel reported that four people were injured. Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The car bomb explosion has hit "Le Jardin", one of a small number of restaurants in Kabul where foreigners eat out.
“The explosion happened in Qala-e-Fathullah neighbourhood of Kabul city. Apparently a restaurant has been attacked,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told a foreign news agency.
There was no immediate confirmation of casualties from the attack on Le Jardin, an Afghan-owned eatery, which caused a piercingly loud explosion and left a building engulfed in flames.
The attack comes a day after Afghanistan announced four-way talks in Pakistan on January 11, aimed at jump-starting peace negotiations with the resurgent Taliban.
Security forces cordoned off the area and firefighters and ambulances with wailing sirens were seen rushing to the restaurant.
The attack comes just days after Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul to try to prepare the ground for fresh peace talks with the resurgent Taliban.