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UNAMA, NATO condemn attack on civilians in Mazar-e-Sharif

UNAMA, NATO condemn attack on civilians in Mazar-e-Sharif

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Nov 11, 2016 - 16:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) and Resolute Support (RS) mission condemned last night’s attack against civilian residents of the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

Shortly before midnight on 10 November, a vehicle laden with heavy explosives detonated in the vicinity of the German Consulate in Mazar, killing four civilians and injuring 128, including 19 womeninfo-icon and 38 children, UNAMA statement said. Most of the injured suffered minor wounds from broken glass while those with serious injuries remain hospitalized. The explosion also damaged more than 100 homes and shops. 

The Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as revenge for recent air strikes in the neighbouring province of Kunduz, the statement said.

Attacks deliberately targeting the civilian population and violence aimed at spreading terror among civilians may amount to war crimes under customary international humanitarian law.  

The UN Mission expresses its sincere condolences to the families of victims and a speedy recovery to those injured. 

In a separate statement RS Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Sandy Storrie said: “This attack by the Taliban once again shows that they use violence indiscriminately and without regard for the safety of civilians,”

"We condemn this attack and pledge that we will continue our mission to help the Afghan government and the Afghan people achieve peace, security and stability, he said"

General Storrie also praised the work of the Afghan National Police and members of the Resolute Support QRF that responded to this attack. "I want to personally thank the Afghan National Police and other first responders who, under very difficult circumstances worked to get wounded to hospitals, evacuated staff to safety and provided security at the site of the attack. They did great work and we owe them our gratitude."

The statement said On November 11, an explosive device was detonated near the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif resulting in multiple casualties. A Resolute Support quick reaction force from Train, Advise and Assist Command - North rapidly deployed to the consulate to provide additional security and assist with evacuating consulate staff. All 21 staff members of the German Consulate were safely evacuated to Camp Marmal. The attack caused no injuries to consulate staff.

 

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