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Govt awaits details after SA family slain in Afghanistan

The Taliban said they had attacked the foreign guesthouse because they believed it to be a Christian centre.

FILE: An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the gate of a foreign compound following an attack by the Taliban in Kabul on 30 November, 2014. Picture: AFP.

KABUL/JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Coorperation (Dirco) says it will try and establish more details around the murder of a South African man and two of his children in an attack in Afghanistan.

Werner Groenewald, his 17-year-old son Jean-Pierre and his 15-year-old daughter, Rhode, were killed by a Taliban attack on a guesthouse in Kabul on Saturday.

Several other foreigners were also killed during the attack.

Groenewald worked for an education charity in the country.

The family had lived in Afghanistan for nearly 12 years, with the father running the charity and the mother working as a doctor at a Kabul clinic, a colleague said.

Dirco's Nelson Kgwete said government is trying to find out exactly what happened in the attack.

"We will investigate the report through our mission, which is in Pakistan. We don't have an embassy in Afghanistan and we don't have an official report at the moment from our mission."

A family spokesperson says the family's house was burned down after the attack, however, the wife was at work at the time.

A number of foreigners have been attacked in the country's capital over the past two weeks.

KABUL POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS

The attacks on foreigners has led to the resignation of Kabul's police chief on Sunday.

The latest Taliban attacks have dented confidence in the country's security force and added to concern the police and army will struggle to hold strategic territory after most foreign troops pull out at the end of 2014.

The attack on the guesthouse was the third on a foreign guest house in 10 days.

The Taliban said on Saturday they had attacked the guesthouse because they believed it to be a Christian centre.

This was the second time this year the Taliban targeted a group that it said had links to Christianity.

Kabul's police spokesman declined to comment on the reason for the chief's resignation.

"We can only confirm... he will not continue his job as police chief anymore," Hashmat Stanekzai said.

Violence across Afghanistan has surged this year as the Taliban and their allies have stepped up their activities ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of most international troops by the end of next month.

In separate attacks in Kabul, two American soldiers, two British embassy workers and dozens of Afghan civilians have died

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