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Top UN diplomat condemns attack on Nangarhar mosque

Top UN diplomat condemns attack on Nangarhar mosque

Jun 11, 2016 - 12:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations’ top diplomat in Afghanistaninfo-icon has condemned Friday’s attack on the Hisarak Mosqueinfo-icon in Rodat district of eastern Nangarhar province.

The attack killed at least three civilians and injured more than 70 others, including 31 boys. Two worshippers injured in the incident are said to be in critical condition.

An improvised explosive device planted at the mosque detonated, killing a “mullahinfo-icon”, one man, and one boy as they prayed on the first Friday of Ramadaninfo-icon.

“An attack deliberately targeting civilian members of a community praying together in a mosque can never be justified and highlights the perpetrators’ intent to destroy lives, and spread terror among the civilian population,” said Nicholas Haysom.

On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, Haysom expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

Also the secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, he said international humanitarian law prohibits the deliberate targeting of civilians, including at their places of worship.

The law imposed a specific obligation on combatant parties to allow religious personnel to carry out their work. At face value, this attack a war crime and the perpetrators must be held accountable, he stressed.




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