Jan. 22 - Restaurants popular with expats suffer from last week's suicide bombing. Julie Noce reports.
For expats living and working in Kabul, dining out has recently become an even more dangerous luxury. An attack at a restaurant last week in which 13 foreigners were killed has left similar establishments nearly deserted. Mohammad Azim Popal owns the Sufi Restaurant and says his cliental has gone down almost 100%. Before the attack business was good, he said. But after the attack we only get two or three people per night. Friday's suicide bombing and shooting at a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreigners put a major damper on businesses in Kabul. One IMF worker and three U.N. workers were among the dead prompting major international agencies to ban non-essential travel and dining out in restaurants in Kabul this week. Even before the attack, concerns have been growing over the security environment as most foreign troops will pull out this year. And coupled with the upcoming presidential election in April, and a deadlock between President Karzai and Washington over a bilateral deal on troop withdrawal, an uncertain future lies ahead for foreigners and citizens alike.