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Kabul wedding hall suicide bombing widely condemned

Kabul wedding hall suicide bombing widely condemned

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Aug 18, 2019 - 16:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  - The United Nations, the US, Iran, Pakistaninfo-icon, NATOinfo-icon and Germany strongly condemned last night’s suicide attack that killed nearly one hundred people and injured around 200 more including womeninfo-icon and children.

On Saturday evening, a suicide attacker detonated explosives in the Shahr-e-Dubai Wedding Hall west of Kabul where approximately 1,000 people were gathered for a Shia wedding ceremony, said the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA).

In a statement, the mission said its human rights team was looking into the incident and working to establish facts.

“An attack deliberately targeting civilians is an outrage, and deeply troubling, as it can only be described as a cowardly act of terror,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “I condemn these deliberate attacks on civilians that signal a deliberate intent to spread fear among the population, which has already suffered too much.”

The wedding hall where the attack took place is situated in an area heavily populated by Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority. UNAMA has documented several previous attacks deliberately carried out against the community.

“The pace of such atrocious attacks indicates that current measures in place to protect must be strengthened, and that those who have organized and enabled such attacks must be brought to justice and held to account,” said Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA.

“The United Nations stands with all Afghans in solidarity and remains committed to an Afghan-led peace process that will end the war and bring about a lasting peace.”

Meanwhile, NATO strongly condemned the terrorist attack in a tweet and extended deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

US Ambassador John Bass also condemned the attack and tweeted: “Yesterday’s wedding hall bombing in #Kabul was an act of extreme depravity. Our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. No one should be subject to such an attack, least of all innocent children.”

German Envoy to Afghanistan said: “Deeply shocked by tonight's #terrorattack on a wedding celebration in #Kabul, targeting civilians who try to live some normalcy in war torn #Afghanistan. This is more than terror, this is just insane! Our thoughts are w/ those affected, their families and friends.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman also strongly denounced the attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, which left over 200 people dead or injured.

In a statement, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on Sunday offered condolences to the Afghan government and people, especially the bereaved families of the victims.

He expressed Iran’s government and nation’s support for the Afghan government and nation, saying the perpetrators of such crimes were enemies of humanity, peace, security and stability in Afghanistan and in the whole region.

“Afghanistan is passing through tough times and a determining juncture along which lie numerous problems and obstacles,” said the spokesman.

“We are confident that Afghanistan can weather these problems and shape a bright future for the country’s future generations through unity between the government and nation and among all parties and ethnic groups, patience and far-sightedness,” Mousavi noted. “In this path, Afghanistan will always have Iran by its side,” he said.

Pakistan also strongly condemned the attack at the marriage function in Kabul. Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of innocent victims and prayed for the maghfirah of the deceased and for early recovery of many others who were seriously injured in the attack.

The spokesman said Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as it was a common threat for the entire region and must be defeated together.

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