Washington slams terrorist attacks in Kabul, Balkh
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Wednesday condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul and Balkh provinces, praising the Afghan security forces for bravely responding to these terrorist acts.
“The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks on the Hazrat Qasem Mosque and Abul Fazel Mosque in Kabul and the attack in Balkh province,” said Ned Price, spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House.
These cowardly attacks, which killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 80, targeted Shia civilians preparing for the Ashura day of mourning and were clearly designed to stoke sectarian tension in Afghanistan, he said.
“We commend the Afghan police and other security forces who bravely responded to these attacks and fully support efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he added.
Price said the United States stood with the people and government of Afghanistan as efforts continued to build a more secure, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan.
In another statement, State Department spokesman John Kirby condemned the deplorable attacks against worshippers at Shia shrines in Kabul and against Ashura mourners in Balkh province. He extended deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured.
“Such attacks are clearly intended to drive sectarian tension in Afghanistan. We commend the government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks and their commitment to the peace, security, and prosperity of their country and a future for Afghanistan free of sectarian violence,” Kirby concluded.
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