UNAMA condemns attack on court employees
The suicide bomber detonated against a shuttle bus transporting employees of the Maidan Wardak provincial court in the Pul-i-Bagh Daud area of Paghman district of Kabul province, killing and injuring civilian passengers and bystanders in the area, including six children, the mission said in a statement.
It said since January 1, UNAMA has verified 14 separate attacks targeting judges, prosecutors and judicial staff, which have resulted in nine civilian deaths and 19 civilians injured, as well as four incidents of abduction of judicial staff. The Taliban claimed responsibility for seven of these incidents.
“Attacks against judicial authorities are cowardly and contrary to international humanitarian law,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
“I unreservedly condemn today’s attack, demand accountability for the perpetrators and urge authorities to do everything in their power to ensure adequate protection of judicial officials.”
The UN mission reiterated that international humanitarian law, to which all parties to the armed conflict are bound, prohibited attacks directed against civilians and the use of indiscriminate tactics, particularly suicide attacks using improvised explosive devices.
UNAMA expressed its heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones in these attacks and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
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