UNSC denounces attack on journalists in Kabul
WASHINGON (Pahwok): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) strongly condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack against media persons in Kabul.
Expressing their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Afghanistan, the members of the Security Council strongly denounced the fact that this heinous crime, beyond attacking the lives of civilians, also aims at the right of all Afghans to freedom of expression.
At least seven TOLO TV workers were killed and 26 others injured late on Wednesday as a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the minibus at the Allauddin intersection in the limits of third police district.
The 15-member body reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS), illegal and armed groups to the local population, national defense and security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan.
Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Security Council urged all states to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.
“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable. Regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, it should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,” the UN Security Council said.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all states to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
In a statement, the UN Security Council said no violent or terrorist acts could reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which was supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.
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