Pakistan, Iran, Russia condemn Kabul attack
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan, Iran and Russia have also condemned Friday’s Taliban-claimed group suicide attack on a Lebanese restaurant in downtown Kabul, in which 21 people, including a Pakistani and a Russian, had been killed.
The attack in Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district began around 7:20pm, when one suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to the restaurant and then two gunmen entered the building spraying diners with bullets.
Among the dead were six Afghans and 13 foreigners, including three Americans, two Britons, two Canadians, a Malaysian, a Russian, a Pakistani, a Chicago woman, a Dutch and the dining spot owner, Kamal Hamade, a Lebanese.
The Pakistani Embassy in Kabul issued statement on Sunday, two days after the attack took place, calling it a terrorist attack that claimed 21 lives.
The embassy statement said Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Kabul on January 17.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and offer best prayers for the speediest recovery of those injured. We also reiterate our condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.” The statement said the dead included a Pakistani working with the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Iran also strongly condemned the attack on Sunday, saying the gun and bomb attack was aimed at destabilizing Afghanistan.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham the purpose of such acts of violence and terrorism in Afghanistan was to disrupt stability and security in the country.
She also expressed confidence that the unity between the Afghan people and the government can weather the sensitive circumstances in the country.
On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai in a statement condemned the attack and said victims and terrorists should told apart in the war on terror. He criticized the United States for not doing enough to fight "terrorism."
He said they wanted NATO and the US to be united and partner with the Afghan people and should target terrorism.
Karzai believed Washington and Islamabad could persuade the Taliban to begin direct peace talks with his government.
The Russian Embassy in a statement on Sunday also condemned the attack that killed a Russian with the UN.
Russia said it condemned the attack and its perpetrators, calling for the war on terrorism to be fought inside and across the borders of Afghanistan.
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