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Two Dead In Kabul Explosion Claimed By Taliban

Afghan policemen carry a wounded man at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 1.

A suicide car bomber killed one person and wounded at least 11 others in central Kabul on January 1.

Afghan police said the explosion -- apparently targetting the Le Jardin restaurant -- caused a building to be engulfed in flames.

In addition to the bystander killed in the incident, the suicide bomber also died.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the extremist group was responsible for the attack.

The Afghan-owned restaurant, which is popular with foreigners, is in a district containing many foreign embassies, government buildings, and restaurants.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the explosion occurred in the Qala-e-Fathullah neighborhood.

Local media reported that one suspect -- allegedly wearing a security forces uniform -- has been arrested.

The attack comes one day after Afghan officials announced four-way talks will be held in Pakistan on January 11 in an effort to resume peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and