US Embassy condemns Kabul guesthouse attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Embassy in Kabul on Saturday strongly condemned last night’s attack on a guesthouse near the Spanish Embassy.
The attack came to an end after the killing of nearly a dozen people, including three Taliban attackers, one of them believed to be a suicide bomber, according to local officials.
The three militants were killed after hours of intermittent gunfire and explosions that lasted in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Two foreign nationals - including a Spanish security officer - and four Afghan police were also killed in the attack, according to local police spokesman Basir Mujahid.
Nearly 50 people had to be evacuated from the embassy after it came under attack at around 6pm on Friday evening - with nine Afghan civilians being wounded in the siege.
The US Embassy statement said Taliban’s recent attacks in Kandahar, Jalalabad, and Kabul were just the latest examples of the insurgency’s absolute disregard for the lives of innocent Afghans working to make their country a better place.
“We applaud the bravery of the Afghan forces, who quickly responded and undoubtedly saved innocent civilian lives. Our commitment to a secure, stable, and unified Afghanistan remains firm.”
In Washington, the UN Security Council also condemned the attack and expressed deep concerns at increasing threats posed by Taliban, Al Qaeda and Daesh affiliates.
President Barack Obama on Friday said the US currently remained in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan.
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