Kabul guesthouse attack widely condemned
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday strongly condemned the overnight Taliban attack on a guesthouse frequented by foreigners in capital Kabul, saying such attacks would not harm Afghanistan’s relationships with other countries.
At least 14 people were killed, including nine foreigners, after three to four gunmen stormed the Park Palace guesthouse on Wednesday night. The dead included four Indians, an American, a Briton, an Italian and a Kazakh woman.
A music concert had reportedly been planned at the hotel when it was attacked, sparking a stand-off with the hotel’s guards before security forces sealed off the Kolola Pushta neighbourhood after 9pm.
The UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 14 civilians were killed in the attack that also left several others injured.
“The terrorists and the enemies of the people of Afghanistan can not undermine our relationships with other countries of the world though staging such brutal attacks. Such anti-Islam and inhuman acts will further fuel the world’s hatred for terrorists,” President Ghani said in a statement from the Presidential Palace.
It said the president considered terrorism a serious threat to the region and the world and insisted on a real international fight against the menace.
The president expressed his deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the attack and said he had spoken to the leaders of countries whose citizens were killed in the attack.
The president extended his condolences to the families and governments of foreign countries whose nationals suffered casualties in the attack.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying dozens of foreigners were killed and wounded.
Indian Prime Pinister Narendra Modi telephoned President Ghani and offered his condolences over the attack that killed four Indians as well.
“Spoke to President Ashraf Ghani and offered condolences on loss of lives due to the Kabul attack. We are one when it comes to fighting terror,” Modi, who arrived in China this morning on a three-day visit, tweeted.
“President Ashraf Ghani expressed sadness on the unfortunate demise of Indian citizens in the attack in Kabul,” the prime minister said.
In a statement the embassy of Indian in Kabul strongly condemned yesterday’s killing of over a dozen civilians in Park Palace hotel. “We are grateful for the condolence offered by the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E Abdullah Abdullah and Former President H.E Hamid Karzai to the families of Indians killed in the attack,” the statement said.
Pakistan also strongly condemns the terrorist attack at Park Palace Hotel in Kabul last night that killed a number of civilians, including two Pakistani nationals who were working in Afghanistan.
“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go to the families of the deceased. Such deliberate attacks on innocent civilians are highly condemnable and cannot be tolerated. Terrorism is our common enemy. Comprehensive and coordinated measures are imperative to root-out this menace from our region,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said.
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