US, ISAF condemn Herat civilian deaths
WASHINGTON (PAN): Strongly condemning the murder of 16 civilians, including 11 children in a western Herat province, the United States has said that it would continue to put pressure on perpetrators of violence.
"The United States, ISAF, and Afghan forces will continue to put pressure on those who perpetuate this violence, and we will continue to stand with the people of Afghanistan and support their efforts toward peace, reconciliation," a State Department spokesperson said.
Victoria Nuland said the US strongly condemned the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, who were killed when terrorists detonated a roadside bomb under a van carrying a group back from an engagement party in Herat.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones affected by this deplorable violence," she said. "With this callous, targeted attack on innocent civilians, terrorists continue to demonstrate blatant disregard for the lives of innocent Afghans and attempt to undermine the cause of peace."
Meanwhile, the ISAF commander joined President Karzai in condemning the placement of an IED that killed several women and children in the Shindand district.
"ISAF condemns this vile and indiscriminant act, and the perpetrators involved," said Gen. John R. Allen, who added: "The people of Afghanistan deserve to live free of these threats to their happiness."
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