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UNAMA slams suicide attack in Faryab

UNAMA slams suicide attack in Faryab

Oct 27, 2012 - 11:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) strongly condemned Friday's suicide attack outside a mosqueinfo-icon in Maimana which left 41 worshippers dead.

The deaths occurred following Eid al-Adhainfo-icon prayers on Friday morning when a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest, detonated at the entrance of the Eid Gah mosque. Fifty six people were injured in the attack, according to the ministry of public healthinfo-icon.

“This heinous attack at a mosque, killing and injuring Afghan civilians as they celebrated the Eid-ul-Adha religious festival has no justification and should be condemned by all in the strongest possible terms,” Jan Kubis, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan said in a statement.

Mosques are protected places under international humanitarian law which strictly prohibits attacks against both civilians and civilian objects including places of worship, the statement said.  

Suicide attacks that fail to distinguish between civilians and combatants are also prohibited but continue to be used by anti-government elements with deadly results for Afghan civilians, it added.

“These illegal and indiscriminate suicide attacks that kill and injure many Afghan civilians must stop. Such attacks are completely unacceptable and those responsible are fully accountable for the deaths and injuries of civilians caused by their brutal acts,” said Kubis.





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