UNAMA denounces attack on Shiite congregation in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday condemned last night’s attack on the Kart-i-Shakhi mosque and shrine in Kabul that killed at least 18 civilians and injured more than 50 others.
An attacker wearing an Afghan security forces uniform entered the Shia mosque as civilians congregated on the eve of the Shia day of remembrance, Ashura, a statement from the UN mission said.
The attacker opened fire on the congregation and used a hand grenade, killing and maiming worshipers. Among those killed were four women and two children, a boy and a girl, UNAMA said.
This attack deliberately targeted a large group of civilians exercising their right to freely manifest their religion in worship, observance and practice was an atrocity.
International humanitarian law prohibited deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship, and places as pacific obligation on parties to enable religious personnel to carry out their work.
International humanitarian law further prohibited attacks directed against people and places of worship which constituted the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples.
UNAMA expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.
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