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Posted: Jan 18, 2014 1:05 AM

Updated: Jan 18, 2014 1:06 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Afghan police say the death toll in a Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans has risen to 21, the deadliest violence against foreign civilians in the country since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

Kabul police chief Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir said Saturday that the victims included 13 foreigners and eight Afghans, and that the majority are civilians.

He says the three attackers, including a suicide bomber and two gunmen, were also killed during Friday's assault on the Lebanese restaurant.

The dead included the head of the International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan and three United Nations staff.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Insurgents have frequently targeted foreign interests around the country and in Kabul.

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