President, others vehemently denounce Kabul suicide attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and others on Friday categorically condemned the suicided attack in Kabul early this morning that left eight persons dead and around 400 wounded.
A statement from the President Palace said: “By carrying out terrorist and suicide attacks against innocent civilians, the enemies and killers of Afghans will lead a shameful life in this world and face the wrath of God Almighty in the hereafter.”
The killing and maiming of women and children, the president said clearly depicted that the enemy had acknowledged defeat on the battle ground and could not face the valor Afghan security forces.
He directed the health officials to provide the victims with all the available best medical facilities. He offered condolences over those died in the attack and prayed for swift recovery of the wounded persons.
Eng. Mohammad Khan, second Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), also in a statement condemned the attack in strongest possible terms.
“These kinds of acts are barbaric, inhumane and against the peace efforts in Afghanistan,” he added.
Early Friday, a suicide bomber smashed his explosive-laden vehicle into the building of National Directorate of Security (NDS) close to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in capital Kabul, leaving 8 persons dead and 400 wounded, health official said.
Separately, the US Embassy in Kabul strongely denounced the attack. “This attack in a heavily populated area shows a complete disregard for human life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time.”
The explosion was so powerful that it jolted several parts of capital Kabul. The blast took place at around 1:00 am, an official said. Media quoted senior official as saying that Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was detonated near Shah Shaheed area. The official feared the blast inflicted heavy men and material losses.
Abdul Kabir, director of hospitals in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News at least eight persosn were killed and around 400 wounded persons shifted to hospitals. Most of the wounded persons, he said, included women and children, who were discharged from hospitals after initial treatment.
Former president Hamid Karzai also denounced the suicide attack that caused havoc with the lives and properties of people in capital Kabul.
In a statement, Karzai said that “this act is against Islam, humanity and aimed at scuttling peace in Afghanistan.”
Separately, Pakistan strongly condemned the suicide attack that took place in Kabul on Friday morning, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives and injuries to score others.
A statement from the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul said: "We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and pray to Almighty Allah to give them fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. We also wish to convey our best wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured."
The statement further said that "we share the grief of the brotherly people of the Afghanistan over this cowardly act against innocent civilians. We reiterate condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."
"We reaffirm our resolve to fight terrorism in close coordination with the government of Afghanistan and we stand with our Afghan brothers in our common struggle against terrorism," the statement concluded.
US strongly condemned the suicide attacks that rocked capital Kabul. In a statement Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson US Department of States, said: “We strongly condemn the series of insurgent attacks in Kabul yesterday.”
“We again call upon the Taliban, other Afghan militant groups, and anyone supporting them to bring an end to violence in Afghanistan. The United States stands by the Afghan people and remains committed to assisting our Afghan partners in their efforts to achieve a stable, secure, and prosperous future. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time,” the statement concluded.
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