UNSC condemns Kabul attack, concerned at threats
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The powerful UN Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the vicinity of Spanish Embassy and expressed serious concern about threats posed by Taliban, Al Qaeda and Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan.
Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations “is criminal”, the Security Council members in a statement reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts could reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan.
The gunbattles around the Spanish embassy in a heavily fortified neighbourhood of Kabul ended with the killing of at least 11 people on Saturday morning, officials said.
The clashes began on Saturday evening when the Taliban stormed a foreign guesthouse after a suicide car bombing in the diplomatic area, killing a Spanish police officer and wounding seven civilians.
The upscale neighbourhood of Sherpur was jolted by five more explosions and bursts of gunfire. The suicide car bombing happened close to the guesthouse, Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi told reporters.
Security personnel killed two assailants but some others entered the guesthouse, with police rescuing three Spanish citizens. The operation continued until Saturday, as the militants continued trading fire with the security personnel.
The UNSC underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
The council urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.
“The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in the vicinity of the Embassy of Spain in Kabul,” the statement said.
Members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and government of Afghanistan, as well as to the people and Government of Spain.
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