UPDATE: Two Canadian auditors killed in terrorist attack in Afghan capital

Men from Ottawa, Gatineau among the 21 dead

We now know the two Canadians killed in a brutal terrorist attack on a restaurant in the capital of Afghanistan were accountants.

Martin Glazer of Gatineau and Peter McSheffrey of Ottawa were in Kabul auditing Canada's foreign aid work in Afghanistan

Pierre Samson, the head of Samson and Associates says the two men were eating dinner Friday night at La Taverna du Liban in Kabul where the bloodshed took place.

The McSheffrey family said it's grieving the loss of "a beloved husband, father, brother and son."

"What makes this particularly difficult for the family is that Peter was a victim of senseless violence against innocent people," the family said in a statement posted on the firm's website.

"Peter loved to travel and was doing meaningful work."

Glazer's family said that Glazer also felt he was making an important contribution.

"He took pride in the work that he did, contributing to Canada's efforts to bring about peace and security in Afghanistan by helping to ensure that development assistance money went to those it was intended to assist," the family said.

21 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the restaurant, filled with foreigners and affluent Afghans. At the same time, two gunmen snuck in through the back door and opened fire on the restaurant.

It's the deadliest violence against foreign civilians in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned what he called a "cowardly terrorist attack."

"On behalf of all Canadians, we extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured in this horrible and senseless act of terror," he said in a statement.

The attack was also widely denounced by the international community, including the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

"I strongly condemn the targeting of civilians in any form, and, in particular, the continued use of suicide bombers," said Jan Kubis, the secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan.

"This violence is unacceptable and must stop immediately."

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  1. john posted on 01/18/2014 10:46 AM
    i dont get it why go there that place is a shit hole .
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