Kabul terrorist attack sparks worldwide denunciation
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States and the United Nations on Saturday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul that killed more than 80 people and wounded over 200 others.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific attack in Kabul, which has left more than 80 dead and hundreds wounded,” White House Press SecretaryJosh Earnestsaid.
The heinous attack was made all the more despicable by the fact that it targeted a peaceful demonstration by members of the minority Hazara community, he added.
Together with the Afghan people and government, the US remained committed to working jointly with the Afghan security forces and countries in the region to confront the forces that threatened Afghanistan’s stabilityand prosperity, Earnest reiterated.
In a statement, members of the UN Security Council also condemned the cowardly terrorist attack in Kabul for which local affiliates of ISIL claimed responsibility.
Reiterating their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, ISIL, the UNSC underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
It urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this despicable crime targeted citizens peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights.
“I am shocked by today's extremely cruel killing of over 80 and injuring of more than 200 people. I send my deepest condolences and compassion to families and friends of those killed and injured and to the people and the government of Afghanistan,” said the President of the UN General Assembly.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said the US must upgrade its efforts and, with its coalition partners, more aggressively target ISIL. “It should be clear by now that half measures will not eliminate this danger,” she said.
“The American people mourn the victims and pray for the survivors of a despicable attack on peaceful protestors in Kabul. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Afghanistan,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
“Hazaras gathered at this peaceful demonstration were simply exercising their right to demand resources for their families. The international community must forcefully reject any attempts to silence with violence the voices of peaceful demonstrators and religious minorities,” she said.
Azerbaijan’s PresidentIlham Aliyevextended condolences to his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, over the terror attack."We were deeply saddened by the news of heavy casualties as a result of a horrible attack in the capital of your country.”
In a condolence letter, the Azerbaijan leader said: “We are outraged by this horrifying terror attack and consider it necessary and important to carry out a joint and resolute fight against terrorism.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Ghani expressing his readiness to fight all forms of terrorism together in the most active way.
"The head of the Russian state strongly condemned this cynical crime committed against peaceful citizens and reiterated his readiness to continue the most active cooperation with the authorities and people of Afghanistan in fighting all forms of terrorism," Russian media quoted a Kremlin statement as saying.
“Strongly condemn dastardly terror attack on innocent civilians in Kabul. Sincerely condole loss of lives & injuries in senseless violence,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.“India stands with Afghanistan in resolutely opposing all forms of terrorism.”
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