Taliban Attack on Taverna Restaurant in Kabul

Center for the Study of Religious Violence

The Taliban launched a well-coordinated attack on the Taverna di Liban restaurant, which is located in one of the most secure neighborhoods in Kabul, Afghanistan. Foreign nationals and aid workers have reportedly been principal clients of the restaurant, which had led to the Taverna di Liban being targeted by the Taliban.

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The owner of the Taverna di Liban, Kamal Hamade, “made the best chocolate cake in Kabul, the best Lebanese food and, he thought, the best evacuation plan,” according to the BBC’s Lyse Doucet, who has dined at the restaurant and interviewed Hamade. “But the plan wasn’t good enough to save him and others who died with him when the Taliban attacked his Taverna du Liban restaurant tucked away in a quiet street of one of the Afghan capital’s oldest neighbourhoods. But his safety measures did save many lives.”

The attack on the Taverna di Liban began when an attacker blew…

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