NATO, US condemn Paktika playground attack
The suspected suicide attack killed at least 16 people and injured another 44 including children who were watching a volleyball match in Khairkot district.
NATO’s Resolute Support Director of Public Affairs Col. Brian Tribus in a statement said: “We are appalled by the insurgents’ lack of concern for civilian casualties, particularly women and children.
He said the training and advising mission expressed its condolences to the families affected by the senseless act of violence on behalf of Gen. Campbell, the mission chief.
The statement added: “We remain committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security and stability.”
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement condemning the attack and sharing condolences with the victims.
“The Embassy of the United States condemns yesterday’s horrific attack on a crowd of Afghans playing sports in Paktika province, and offers our sincerest condolences to the victims and their families,” the embassy said in the statement.
It called upon the Taliban, other militant groups and their supporters to stop deliberately targeting innocent people and put an end to the bloodshed.
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