UN chief denounces assault on Indian consulate in Balkh
KABUL (Pajhwok): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.
His spokesman told reporters in New York on Monday: “Obviously, it is an attack which we condemn... especially an attack on a diplomatic outpost that needs to be protected.”
Stephane Dujarric, however, declined commenting on another terror attack on India’s Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab state near the Pakistan border.
The 25-hour armed standoff near the consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif ended with the killing of all three attackers. Commandos shimmied down a rope from a helicopter on to the roof of the building from where the attack was launched.
Armed with an AK47 assault rifle, Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor personally supervised the operation, denouncing the attackers as the “enemies of Afghanistan”.
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