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Jalalabad bombing draws condemnation at home, abroad

Jalalabad bombing draws condemnation at home, abroad

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Jul 02, 2018 - 17:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, US, UN, UK, Pakistaninfo-icon, Turkey and other countries have strongly condemned suicide bombing in Jalalabad City, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, according to separate statements and tweets.

Nineteen people, including 17 Sikh minority members, were confirmed dead and another 21 including seven Sikhs were injured in a suicide blast in Jalalabad on Sunday evening.

“Our hearts are broken for the families of our fellow Afghans who were lost in the Jalalabad attack. I am saddened at the loss of our proud and resilient Sikh Afghans. I had the honor of interacting with some of them many times in the past,” President Ghani said in a tweet.

“We mourn their deaths as a nation and remind their loved ones that we are there for them. I offer our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends as we grieve together,” he continued

The president asked fellow Afghans to extend a hand to those in needs, and assured the government will do everything to help to get through these hard times.

Addressing the Council of Ministers meeting the CEO also condemned the blast on Sikh and Hindu minority members in Jalalabad

“CEO Abdullah Abdullah on Monday condemned Sunday’s suicide bombing in Jalalabad which killed at least 19 people, including members of the Afghan Sikh Community.”

US Ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon John Bass also denounced the blast in Jalalabad. “I was saddened and angered by yesterday’s contemptible attack in Jalalabad on members of the Afghan Sikh community. May peace be with the victims of this tragedy, and may their families and all of Afghanistan’s people soon live in the Peace they deserve.”

Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Afghanistan’s city Jalalabad, that killed and injured many innocent civilians.
“We are distressed and grieved at the loss of precious human lives,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned yesterday’s attack in Jalalabad that killed at least 19 civilians, and expresses its concern about a recent spate of incidents in which civilians have been killed in attacks on schools and medical centres.

Turkey also condemned the terrorist attack in Jalalabad city. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: "We learned with sorrow that a terrorist attack perpetrated in Jalalabad resulted in loss of lives of many and left many others wounded.

"We condemn this heinous terrorist attack, convey our condolences to the friendly government and the brotherly people of Afghanistan, and wish speedy recovery to the wounded."

The majority of those killed in Jalalabad, when a suicide bomber detonated his improvised explosive device, belong to Afghanistan’s small Sikh and Hindu community and were part of a delegation on its way to meet President Ashraf Ghani who was visiting the capital city of Nangahar province. More than 20 others, including children, were injured in the blast.

Former President Hamid Karzai also condemned the blast and killing of Sikh Leader Avtar Singh in the blast.

“I learnt with great sadness about the death of Avtar Singh Khalsa, our dear compatriot and dynamic leader who lost his life in the terrorist attack in Jalalabad. He was a patriot Afghan who desired to represent our Sikh community in the next parliament. I mourn his loss and...extend my profound condolences to his family, friends and our Sikh community,” he tweeted.

UK Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Kay denounced the attack and added, “A despicable attack. My heartfelt condolences. May the victims rest In peace and may the survivors soon enjoy the peace and unity all Afghans crave.”

Daesh also known as the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing in Jalalabad.

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