US condemns killings in northern Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States condemned the brutal suicide attack outside a mosque in northern Faryab province on Friday that killed over 40 people – mostly civilians who had gathered for the Eid al- Adha prayers.
“We obviously condemn this bombing and this attack on innocent worshippers, which further demonstrates the insurgents’ lack of respect for religion, for faith, and its disregard for the safety and security of the Afghan people,” State Department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland told the media.
Expressing concern over the spate of terrorist incidents in the country, the US said these acts do not undermine Afghan forces’ capabilities and the combat operations would certainly end in 2014.
“We have been concerned about this recent spate of incidents but it doesn’t change our overall view that Afghan forces are getting stronger month on month.
“We remain committed to the timetable we have set out for them to lead increasingly in Afghanistan and to be able to manage the combat operations by the end of 2014,”added Nuland.
Meanwhile, the State Department announced that Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, would be travelling to Kabul to hold talks with Afghan officials.
“In Kabul, Assistant Secretary Blake will meet with various government and business leaders to discuss ways to advance the New Silk Road vision of connecting Afghanistan to the rest of south and central Asia,” said the department.
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