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Kabul car bomb attack widely condemned

Kabul car bomb attack widely condemned

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Jul 01, 2019 - 20:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, former president Hamid Karzai, Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon strongly condemned a Talibaninfo-icon-claimed car bombing that wounded dozens of people and killed three persons in Kabul.

The rush-hour explosion followed a gun battle between a number of attackers and special police forces in Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood. The blast sent a plume of smoke into the air and shook buildings up to two kilometres (1.2 miles) away.

The dead included one child and the injured numbering 112 included 26 children and six womeninfo-icon. After the blast, the attackers took over a building and clashed with security forces until the afternoon.

Afghan forces and ambulances quickly blocked off the area, with helicopter gunships seen overhead as firing continued.

The heavily-secured neighbourhood is home to some military and government buildings, including one shared by Afghanistaninfo-icon's intelligence agency and defence ministry, as well as the Afghan Football Federation and Cricket Board.

The national bus directorate and Shamshad TV offices are also located in the area that falls in the 16th police district.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said children and women were among innocent civilians who suffered casualties in the terrorist attack carried out by the enemies of Afghanistan peace and progress.

The statement quoted President Ashraf Ghani as saying his government was taking forward the peace program in line with decisions taken by the Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon, but the Taliban with the barbaric attack showed they wanted the war to be continued.

Ghani said during his recent visit to Pakistan, he insisted on Islamabad’s cooperation in ending the conflict and taking advantage of the country’s ties with Taliban in restoration of peace in Afghanistan.

The president said terrorists would not be able to reach their goals through illegitimate and inhuman acts and the Afghan forces would go after them in every part of the country to vanquish them.

Ghani extended his condolences to the bereaved families and asked the authorities concerned to use all available resources in providing urgent treatment to the wounded.

Meanwhile, former president Hamid Karzai strongly condemned what he called the barbaric attack, which he said was against the ongoing efforts for peace.

In a statement from his office, Karzai said the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan served the interests of outsiders but it killed innocent Afghans on a daily basis.

He said a number of children were killed and wounded in today’s attack and another attack a day earlier in Chak district of central Maidan Wardak province.

Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar also condemned the car bombing in Kabul. “I strongly condemn this barbaric and inhuman attack,” Muslimyar said in a statement. He said a number of children were wounded in today attack while holding pens and books in their hands.

He said the sworn enemies of Afghanistan should realize they could not terrorist the Afghans with such coward attacks nor they could demoralize the brave Afghan forces.

Meanwhile, Iran’s embassy in Kabul in a statement condemned the attack and shared grief over the casualties with the people and the government of Afghanistan.

"Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We offer our sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families," a statement issued by the Foreign Office said, adding that attacks such as today's are "detrimental to the cause of peace, security and stability in Afghanistan".

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