Petraeus condemns UN office attack in Mazar
KABUL(PAN): Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Gen. David Petraeus, on Saturday joined President Hamid Karzai, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the international community in condemning an attack on a UN office in Mazar-i-Sharif.
The attack which was carried out during a protest demonstration against the Quran burning incident in Florida left at least 10 foreign workers of the world's body dead in the Balkh province on Friday.
“This was a cowardly and criminal attack resulting in the murder of innocent United Nations workers,” Gen Petraeus said in a statement.
“United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is solely focused on working in support of the Afghan people and nothing can justify yesterday’s vicious and tragic actions,” he said
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence in Mazar-i Sharif as "outrageous and cowardly". President Hamid Karzai said it was inhumane and against Islamic and Afghan values.
The Taliban has denied it carried out the attack.
The demonstrators were angered by the actions of US Pastor Wayne Sapp, who set light to a copy of the Koran at a church in Florida on 20 March.
“Last night I spoke with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General in Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura and conveyed ISAF’s sincere condolences to the families of those killed and wounded and to our partners in UNAMA who are working so hard for the Afghan people,” said Petraeus, adding ISAF stood ready to provide any assistance necessary.
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