Another Red Line Crossed: The Taverna attack and the killing of foreigners just because they were foreigners | Afghanistan Analysts Network

As news continues to come in, it has as of now (Saturday evening) been confirmed that the dead included the well-liked Lebanese owner of the restaurant, Kamal Hamade (read an obituary here); the resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Wabel Abdallah, who was also Lebanese; three UN staff including UNAMA’s Senior Political Officer Vadim Nazarov, a Russian diplomat who had worked on Afghanistan since the 1990s and, apparently, Basra Farah, sister of prominent Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah; a Danish member of the EUPOL mission and her British security guard, Simon Chase; another Brit, Dharmender Phangurha (Del) Singh, who was due to stand in elections to the European Parliament in the spring and, along with a Malaysian victim of the incident, Gnanathurai (Gnana) Nagarajah, had been working with the Adam Smith Institute as an adviser; two as yet unidentified Canadians; and two Americans who worked at the American University in Kabul. Of the Afghan dead, we still only have the details for two of the eight: the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary named one on Twitter as a friend of his, Haji Amin, a 22 year old trader, who, it seems was killed along with his wife of seven months. They were buried today. Three Afghan guards are also believed to be among the dead. The accounts of two of the Afghan kitchen workers who survived (see here and here) suggest that none of the diners made it out alive and that the owner ran down into the restaurant with a gun when the blast happened, trying to defend the diners.

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