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UNAMA condemns attack on Nowruz festival in Helmand

UNAMA condemns attack on Nowruz festival in Helmand

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Mar 24, 2019 - 15:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Sunday condemned the attack carried out Saturday during celebrations around Nowruzinfo-icon in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.

Initial findings indicated that at least three civilians were killed and dozens were injured in an attack that deliberately targeted local civilian government officials, a statement from the UNAMA said.

UNAMA noted statements purportedly from the Talibaninfo-icon that were issued to the media in which they claim responsibility for the bombing, as well as assertions that they had not harmed any civilians in the attack, despite acknowledging that government officials had suffered casualties. 

UNAMA reminded parties that the definition of civilian under international law includes members of the civilian government administration. The deliberated targeting of civilians is a war crime. UNAMA reiterated that under the principle of distinction parties to the conflict are obligated to distinguish between combatants and civilians at all times. 

Those who have organized and enabled such attacks must be brought to justice and held to account.

UNAMA expressed its heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

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