13 civilians dead in suicide attack near Kunar governor’s office
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): At least 13 people were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the governor’s office in Asadabad, the capital of eastern Kunar province.
Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News 40 people were wounded as the bomber on foot detonated his explosives 15 metres from the entrance to his office.
He said tribal elder Haji Khanjan was among the fatalities. The governor stopped short of blaming any group for the massive bombing.
Public Health Director Dr. Ihsanullah Fazli Fazli confirmed the casualties, saying 13 bodies and 40 injured civilians -- some in critical condition -- had been brought to the civil hospital.
The suicide bombing happened in the Shaheedan Square of the eastern city at 10am, eyewitness Ikramullah said. Several government departments are located close to the site, frequented by people, he added.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the suicide attack, saying the indiscriminate use of explosives in areas crowded by civilians was a serious violation of international humanitarian law.
In a statement, the mission reminded all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan that they were bound to uphold their legal obligations to avoid harming civilians at all times.
The mission extended its sincere condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured. UNAMA once again affirmed its continued support to the people of Afghanistan.
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