Resolute Support, US Embassy condemn Kabul attacks
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Resolute Support mission and the US Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks that took place in the central capital hours apart on Monday, with the second attack causing dozens of casualties.
At least 30 people, including women and children, were injured on Monday evening when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled car near the Met Office southeast of the Kabul airport, hours after a suicide bomber was killed when he detonated his explosives-laden car in the same area.
The Ministry of Public Health said the 30 injured people included three women and nine children and they had been evacuated to various hospitals and their condition was stable.
“The national unity government is pursuing an effective and lasting peace process, however, some Taliban continue to pursue a destructive path of attacking innocent Afghan civilians” Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support spokesman, said in a statement.
The statement said insurgents often attacked places with a high density of innocent civilians and that willful disregard for human life was the leading cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan.
The UN attributed 70 percent of all civilian casualties directly to terrorists in the first half of 2015, when there were approximately 6,500 civilian deaths and injuries caused by insurgent attacks.
The NATO spokesman offered deepest, most heartfelt condolences to those affected by the senseless attacks on behalf of Gen. Campbell and all of Resolute Support.
“Resolute Support will continue to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to provide stability and counter Taliban groups.”
Meanwhile, the US Embassy strongly condemned the suicide attack near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“We are investigating the situation,” the Embassy said in a statement. In response to the incident, Ambassador McKinley said “Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s violence.”
He said the United States remained committed to the people of Afghanistan and to the national unity government’s efforts to fight terrorism.
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