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Toll from suicide bombing in Afghanistan rises to 2


Afghan security officials inspect the wreckage of an entrance gate, the day after a suicide car bomb attack at a French restaurant- Le Jardin in Kabul on January 2, 2016. A Taliban suicide car bomber raided a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, in a New Year's day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults.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. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar

Kabul: Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says the toll from a New Year’s Day suicide bombing at a French restaurant in Kabul has risen to two.

Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said today that a 12-year-old boy and one of the security guards at the Le Jardin restaurant were killed and that another 18 people were wounded in the attack.

Sediqqi says a second attacker, who was arrested by police, was wearing a military uniform and carrying arms and grenades. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and said the bomber targeted a restaurant belonging to foreigners. The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country over the past year, following the formal end of the US and NATO combat mission.